missing gravely
Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely
Search intensifies in case
of missing Patrick woman
By Nancy Lindsey
The search for a Patrick County woman who disappeared last week is intensifying, according to Sheriff Dan Smith, with "multiple law enforcement officers from multiple agencies" involved.
Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely, 34, of South Mayo Drive near Stuart, was last heard from shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday evening, Nov. 14, Smith said.
Deputies were called by friends and family just prior to midnight on Saturday to check on Gravely's well-being, because she had not made contact with friends as she normally does on Saturday, prompting them to contact authorities, Smith said.
Deputies did not find Gravely at her home, but her vehicle was there, Smith said.
Local and state investigators worked throughout the day on Sunday, following up on leads and searching for evidence at the residence, Smith said.
Since then, Patrick and Henry County Sheriff's Office deputies, the U.S. Marshal's Office, the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Greensboro (N.C.) Police Department, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and the Virginia State Police have assisted in the search and investigation, Smith said.
The sheriff said approximately 45 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies worked throughout the day on Tuesday, covering about 100 miles of roadways in Patrick and Henry Counties.
Officers searched on foot along secondary and primary roads, ditches and woods for the missing woman, and the effort is expected to continue on Wednesday with more roadside searches, Smith said..
The search radiated out from Gravely's residence in the eastern part of the county, Smith said, and a State Police helicopter was also flown over the area. Search and rescue dogs were also used.
Monday's rain and Tuesday's extreme cold have made it especially hard for the searchers, Smith said, but "we're continuing the effort."
Gravely is described as being 5'4" tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
A reward is being offered for information on Gravely's location.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Sheriff Smith at 276-692-7012 or the Patrick County Sheriff's Office at 276-694-3161.
Major Garry Brown is the lead investigator assigned to the case.