Sightings of missing Kingsland woman investigated

24-year-old last seen at animal clinic Aug. 23

KINGSLAND, Ga. - Several reported sightings of a missing Kingsland woman from around the country have been investigated, but so far none have been verified, according to the Camden County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said family, friends and co-workers of 24-year-old Ivy Merck have been interviewed to try to determine the events leading up to her disappearance Aug. 23.

Investigators said they have indications that Merck may still be in Broward County. They said thus far there is no indication that any crime has been committed, but investigators cannot rule out foul play.

Merck didn't show up for work in Athens on Aug. 23, and her family says it's unlike her to just disappear, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Camden County deputies said Merck, a University of Georgia graduate who most recently lived in Athens, was last seen in Kingsland at Laurel Oaks Animal Hospital near Interstate 95. Her SUV was found at a shopping center in Deerfield Beach, Fla., but there was no sign of her.

At least four different agencies in two states are trying to solve the mystery and bring Merck home safe.

Merck is described as being 5 feet 1 inch tall and about 115 pounds, with brown eyes and dark blonde to brown hair.

Anyone with information on Merck's whereabouts should call the Camden County Sheriff's Office at 912-510-5115 or the Broward Sheriff's Office at 954-321-4268.  Tips can also be emailed to

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