Volunteer search underway for missing Belle Isle woman

Stephanie Hollingsworth last seen Sept. 25

BELLE ISLE, Fla. – Volunteers began their search Friday morning for Stephanie Hollingsworth, a Belle Isle mother of three, who was reported missing last week.

Belle Isle police said Stephanie Chitwood Hollingsworth, 50, was last seen Sept. 25 at her home on Monet Avenue.

Family, friends and community members created a search command post at a shopping center along Goldenrod Road and Hoffner Avenue, the area where Stephanie Hollingsworth was last seen. Belle Isle Police are putting emphasis on the vehicle she was last seen driving, a 2000 silver Chevrolet Tahoe with Florida license plate number Y50XUR. They hope locating the van will get police closure to finding the missing mother.

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“She’s got three boys. Everyone says what a loving person she is,” said Stephanie Hollingsworth’s brother, Chad Chitwood. “My sister’s lived in this community for over 10 years. All her friends are here for her.”

Chitwood drove up from Boca Raton to help in the emotional search.

Crimeline is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information on Hollingsworth’s whereabouts.

Community members gathered in the parking lot of a shopping center off Goldenrod Road. They worked in groups, mapping out search areas. Many of them are family friends.

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