Missing Belle Isle woman originally from Fort Myers

Police are searching for a Belle Isle woman, and mother of three, who grew up and has family in Fort Myers.

The Belle Isle Police Department is attempting to locate Stephanie Chitwood Hollingsworth, 50.

She was last seen on September 25, at noon at her home on Monet Avenue, in Belle Isle, near Orlando. Orange County Sheriff’s Office also release surveillance video that captured Hollingsworth walking around in a local Walmart, which was also among one of the last time she was seen before her disappearance.

Police say Hollingsworth suffers from some mental conditions and needs care. She is described as 5-feet, 4-inches tall, approximately 115 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and gray/black pants.

“What we want to do is reach out to everybody, exhaust all relationships, however, whether it’s anonymously, we don’t care. Just let us know she’s OK,” said Scott Hollingsworth, Stephanie’s husband.

“It’s just not like her,” said Jim Chitwood, Stephanie’s father. “And for her, if she had had the the means, she would certainly contact family and say, ‘Hey, I just want to let you know I’m OK. I’m here.’ We don’t know. We just don’t know.”

Hollingsworth took her purse and left her cell phone at home. Her family says that is not unusual, however.

She is believed to be traveling in a 2000 Silver Chevrolet Tahoe with a Florida license plate with tag number Y50XUR.

“We’re not going to stop until we find her,” Scott said.

“It’s just unexplainable,” Chitwood said “You have no earthly idea.”

Her last known debit card transaction was at the Bank of America at Hoffner/Goldenrod Friday, Sept. 25, at 1:53 p.m.

A family friend handed out missing person flyers at 3 p.m. at GMP Trust (5245 Big Pine Way SE), near Bell Tower Shops, Monday afternoon.

Stephanie’s family and friends are expanding their search efforts to Southwest Florida as well.

“We highlighted certain areas on maps, put flyers in the packets and tape and are sending people out, so they know exactly what area to cover and we meet as much ground as possible,” said friend Jodi Hopper, who organized the flyer handout at Bell Tower. “Please, just the slightest thought that you may have seen something can be helpful. Don’t second guess anything.”

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her whereabouts.

If Stephanie Chitwood Hollingsworth is seen, call the Belle Isle Police Department via OCSO Dispatch (407)836.4357 or call 911 and advise of her location.

“I actually have a lot of hope that we will find her,” said Scott, Stephanie’s husband. “I think we will. It’s going to happen. We’re going to find her.”

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Reporter:Lauren Sweeney
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