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Evidence Suggests Missing Woman Never Left Spotsylvania County, Police Say

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    Evidence Suggests Missing Woman Never Left Spotsylvania County, Police Say

    Investigators believe a Virginia woman who disappeared from Spotsylvania County last year never left the county, despite initial reports that she was last seen 60 miles away. 

    Katelin Michelle Akens was last seen Dec. 5, 2015, when her mother, Lisa Sullivan, dropped her off at Sullivan's ex-husband's house on Oak Crest Drive in Partlow, Virginia.

    Sullivan's ex-husband told investigators he dropped Akens off at Springfield Town Center so she could take the Metro to Reagan National Airport. But her family said she never arrived at her destination.

    Her luggage was found two days later in a drainage ditch on River Road, near the Fredericksburg city limit.

    On Monday, authorities said there was no evidence Akens or her property ever left Spotsylvania County.

    Investigators have been corresponding with Akens' stepfather and will continue to speak with him to "tighten up the timeline," Capt. Liz Scott with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office said.

    Akens' family doesn't believe she left on her own; at the time of her disappearance, she had recently enrolled in cosmetology school and was excited to start her career.

    Investigators say Akens was also very close to her sister and communicated with her daily. 

    Akens has blonde hair and blue eyes, weighs about 120 pounds and stands 5 feet 4 inches tall. 

    Investigators are urging anyone with information about her whereabouts to call police at 1-800-928-5822 or 540-582-5822.