Friends fear for missing Temple Terrace woman's safety

6:47 PM, Jan 4, 2006   |    comments
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Temple Terrace, Florida - Nothing looks out of place at Sandra Prince's Temple Terrace home. The mail is in the mailbox, the lights are on and there's no sign of a forced entry. The only thing missing is Sandra Prince and her purse, but it's strange enough to attract the attention of police who have deemed the house a crime scene and sealed it off. 

Paula MacDonald, Temple Terrace PIO: "She might have left on her own, but we need to find the answers to that. We're concerned because she's missing, because she has not followed her particular patterns of behavior and it's not characteristic of her to disappear like this." 

Police were notified on Tuesday by a concerned neighbor who hadn't seen Prince in a few days. They tell us Prince Works at ACTS, as a substance abuse counselor and has done so for 30 years. Like her neighbors, co-workers are equally as worried about her safety. 

Julie Reynolds, Works with Sandra Prince: "No one has seen or heard from her so yeah, that's extremely unusual. ... Our chief operating officer, her supervisor, certainly would have known if she were planning to take any kind of trip or be away for any period of time." 

But police do believe Price may have been in North Florida over the weekend and are asking anyone who may have seen her or her white Buick Park Avenue with a specialty license plate to call them. 

MacDonald: "It had a Florida State specialty tag with her initials 'SHP' as the tag number and she would have been traveling over the weekend. We're looking for people who may have seen her traveling so we can narrow down a better time when she was last seen." 

Reynolds: "We are very worried about her, we are doing everything we can. We are cooperating with the police and assisting them in any way possible to give them any information that might provide leads or be of any help. I'd like to ask anyone out there with any kind of information with her whereabouts, anyone who has seen her in the last few days, please contact the Temple Terrace Police Department." 

The number you can call to reach Temple Terrace Police is 813-989-7110.

Bill McGinty, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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