Update : A 22-year old pregnant woman reported missing by family members on March 18 is safe and on her way home according to her mother Jaimie Whitfield.
This news comes on the heels of her boyfriend Justin Lee Shuler being apprehended yesterday in Las Vegas, NV., according to a press release from the Calhoun Police Department.
Gordon County Chief Deputy Robert Paris confirms that detectives have indeed spoken to Caitlyn Whitfield and she is okay.
He said that Las Vegas officers said Whitfield was there willingly and is on her way back to Georgia.
Whitfield said this has been the longest 12 days of her life, since her daughter was last seen. “I’m extremely ecstatic that she is okay and on her way home,” she said by phone Thursday afternoon. “ I just want to wrap her up in my arms, give a big hug and don’t let go,” Whitfield said.
Update, Thursday, March 26
While a Gordon County man wanted on felony charges has been arrested in another state, a missing woman reportedly pregnant with his child has not been found.
Calhoun Police Department officials say on Wednesday, March 25, at about 4:30 p.m., detectives received information pertaining to the actions earlier that day of Justin Shuler, who was wanted for allegedly impersonating a police officer and forging gift card vouchers.
"Through our investigation of said actions we were able to obtain information as to the whereabouts of Shuler," Lt. Tony Pyle said. "I contacted the U.S. Marshal's office in Atlanta and emailed the pertinent information to the Marshal's office. They (Marshals) in turn contacted the U.S. Marshal's office in Las Vegas, Nev. Shuler was taken into custody after a brief foot chase."
Authorities and family members of Caitlyn Elizabeth Whitfield, 22, had believed the 14-week pregnant woman may have been with Shuler.
"At this point, we really don't know," Caitlyn's mother, Jaimie Whitfield said.
According to Jaimie Whitfield, Caitlyn had not been found as of 9 a.m., Thursday.
CALHOUN — A 22-year-old Calhoun woman is missing and believed to be in the company of a man wanted by local authorities and deemed "dangerous.”
Caitlyn Elizabeth Whitfield was last seen on Saturday, March 14, according to a missing person’s report filed by her sister, Miranda Whitfield.
The report was filed on March 18 at the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.
Whitfield told Deputy B.M. Sitten that her younger sister had been spending time with Justin Shuler, 31, and she believes he may be forcing or persuading her sister to stay, according to the report.
Shuler has multiple warrants for his arrest in connection with impersonating an officer and passing counterfeit gift card vouchers.
According to Jaimie Whitfield, her daughter met with detectives at the Calhoun Police Department on March 13, the same night she went to her aunt’s house and was gone the next morning.
Whitfield said she’s concerned for her daughter who is 14 weeks pregnant with Shuler’s baby.
According to Whitfield, her daughter and Shuler have been dating off and on for a couple years.
“They were dating before he went to jail the last time,” she said. “We thought they were done, but evidently not.”
Whitfield believes that her daughter is with him against her will because she left important things behind the mother said she would never leave home without.
She said even if Caitlyn left with him voluntarily, she’s changed her mind.
“She wouldn’t think being on the run is fun,” Whitfield said of her daughter, who is usually very responsible.
Chief Deputy Robert Paris with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office said they are pursuing leads and treating the case as any other missing person report. The case has been assigned to a detective. They are also still actively seeking Shuler, and Paris said it’s a concurrent investigation.
Lt. Tony Pyle with the Calhoun Police Department said detectives did speak with Whitfield about Shuler, but she is not facing criminal charges of any kind. Pyle said he believes she is with Shuler on her own free will, however they are searching for her as a missing person.
Jaimie Whitfield said their family just wants her home safe and sound.
Whitfield is a graduate of Gordon Central High School and was employed at Applebee’s in Calhoun at the time of her disappearance.
Family and friends have set up at Facebook Page, “Missing: Caitlyn Whitfield;” close to 900 people have liked the page.
Police ask that anyone with information of the whereabouts of either Caitlyn Whitfield or Justin Shuler to call 911.