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Search continues for man suspected in disappearance

Marion County sheriff's officials are continuing their search for the man they think abducted a Times employee who was last seen Wednesday.

Russell "Charlie" Miller is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Dorothy "Dottie" Grant, said Sgt. Robert Douglas of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Douglas said Miller and Grant had been dating. Miller is a resident of New Jersey, but he was living with Grant when she disappeared. Miller is being sought for questioning, Douglas said.

"We're trying diligently to find him," Douglas said, adding that police are not certain of Miller's age or his occupation.

Grant, who supervises 14 newspaper carriers, is a district manager for home delivery in east Citrus County. Her fellow employees became worried when she didn't come to work early Thursday and didn't call.

Douglas said investigators think Miller is somewhere in New Jersey, but they are searching throughout Ocala and there is a nationwide watch for Grant's red, late model four-door Nissan Sentra.

Grant's neighbors are taking care of her three dogs, which were found inside the house after she disappeared. One of the dogs was locked inside the pantry; the other two were left in the kitchen with a supply of food and water.

Douglas said foul play is suspected.

"Being that it's been over the weekend and she hasn't contacted anyone yet, it looks suspicious to us," he said.