Deputies search for missing Knoxville woman, possibly seen in Colorado

Heather Duncan (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County deputies are asking for help to find a missing Knoxville woman who may have last been seen in Colorado.

Heather Duncan, 23, last spoke with family members on May 24 when she said she would be leaving with friends to go to West Knox County. The family believes she was last seen at KOA Campground in Strasburg, Colorado.

“The more we learn, the more bizarre everything became,” said Nancy Duncan, Heather’s mom.

Nancy and Frank Duncan are frantic to find their daughter. It’s been nearly two weeks since they last heard from her.

“For her to break away contact like that, she’s never done that,” said Frank Duncan.

Heather Duncan (source: Knox County Sheriff’s Office)

She last called her parents crying and said she was going to rehab for problems with alcohol. Heather Duncan told them a counselor was there with her for the phone call.

“I said, ‘How will we be able to contact her?’ She said, ‘We will send you the address to write to her,'” Nancy Duncan said.

They found the conversation odd, so they drove to Knoxville from Virginia to see what was going on. They first went to Heather Duncan’s home.

“When we got there, the house was a mess. The house was a wreck,” said Nancy Duncan.

During their last phone call, Nancy Duncan said her daughter spoke to a local bishop recently. They went looking for him in Knoxville.

“She told the bishop that she was going out west with a couple of friends,” said Nancy Duncan.

That was a different story than going to rehab. The parents think Heather was giving them a clue.

“She knows me well enough, she knows her dad well enough, that we are not the kind of people to take things sitting down,” said Nancy Duncan.

The family does not think she ran away. They said something is terribly wrong.

She is described as a white female with a thin build, who stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 104 pounds. She has dark brown, shoulder-length, naturally wavy hair. Her ears, nose and navel are pierced. She wears dark-rimmed glasses.

Her tattoos include a rose/clock quarter sleeve on her right arm, “Enlightenment” on her left inner arm, an owl on her left wrist, a stick figure girl on her outer left arm, a large flower on her torso, and a dream catcher on her back left shoulder.

She drives a red 2014 Nissan Versa sedan with Tennessee license plate N8832F.

Anyone who has seen her is asked to call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.

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