Authorities are searching for a St. Petersburg Times circulation manager who has been missing for two days and who Marion County investigators fear may have been abducted.
Dorothy "Dottie" Grant, 54, of Ocala is thought to be with a man who lived with her named Russell "Charlie" Miller, according to Della Cormier, a spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The man's relationship to Grant was unclear Friday.
Cormier said the circumstances involved in Grant's disappearance have led police to believe foul play might be involved.
"We always treat (these cases) as if the worst could happen," Cormier said Friday. "We'll treat it as if she is an endangered person; however, she might have left on her own. We just don't know at this time."
Cormier said authorities along the East Coast are looking for Grant's red, late model, four-door Nissan Sentra.
Grant, who supervises 14 carriers, is a district manager for home delivery in east Citrus County. Her fellow employees became worried when she did not come to work early Thursday and she did not call.
"Someone went to her house and her car wasn't there and there was no answer at her door," said Peter Denton, northcoast circulation manager for the Times. "We didn't know what had happened to her."
Cormier said when deputies entered Grant's house they found two dogs in the kitchen and another dog locked in the pantry. She said the two dogs outside the pantry had been left with a supply of food and water.
Marion County deputies interviewed several people connected to Grant and Miller. Friends say Miller could possibly be in New Jersey because before they disappeared Miller had called a friend to find "the quickest route to get up the coast."
Grant was reported missing Thursday by her supervisor, Bob Lansford, after Times employees had checked hospitals and area police departments to locate her, Denton said.
Denton said Grant has worked for the Times since August 1988, and has never been absent without notifying fellow workers.