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Family of Missing St. Johns County Woman Rebecca Ware Still Waits for Answers

11:23 PM, Jan 4, 2011   |    comments
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Rebecca Ware, Missing Since October 29, 2010

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. --  The family of a missing St. Johns County woman believes they're closer to getting some answers about her disappearance.

Rebecca Ware, 34, has not been seen since late October.  Authorities suspect foul play and her family wants some kind of closure soon.

"Me and her were really close," said her aunt Theresa Nolan.

Nolan said she's already come to a tough realization.  "I'm 100 percent sure she's no longer with us," she said.

Ware was last seen on Oct. 29.  Days later, her car was found abandoned in a Publix parking lot not far from her St. Augustine home. 

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said they do have a person of interest in the case.  Although they haven't officially said who, they did tell First Coast News a man by the name of Timothy Johnson from Putnam County is part of their investigation.

"He knew that she was leaving him and the day it happened, she wasn't planning on going back to that house," said Nolan.

Nolan said Ware and Johnson were in a relationship for close to a year.  He has an extensive criminal background, serving time in prison for attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and sexual battery.

Ware's family said she was ending the relationship with Johnson and moving back to Jacksonville to be with the father of her children.

"She was leaving.  She was definitely leaving.  Actually she had already left the house," said Nolan.

But she hasn't been heard from since.  Nolan is confident an arrest will come but thinks it will unfortunately be because her niece's body is found.

"I just think she's the missing piece," said Nolan.

She said the family just wants justice.   A search near County Road 206 shortly after Ware's disappearance turned up nothing but St. Johns County officials said they're still working the case and plan to search areas of Putnam County soon. 

There is a $5,000 reward for information regarding Ware's disappearance.  If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.

First Coast News

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