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A week later, Lawrenceville woman still missing

Shara Clanton, 26, was last seen Sept. 10. She never picked her son up from daycare that day and her family hasn’t heard from her since.

Shara Clanton, 26, was last seen Sept. 10. She never picked her son up from daycare that day and her family hasn’t heard from her since.

LAWRENCEVILLE — Shara Clanton dropped her 5-year-old son off at day care on the morning of Sept. 10, later texting her mother to say she’d be home after getting her nails done.

The 26-year-old, though, never returned to Palmer Court in Lawrenceville, and never picked her child up from day care. Clanton’s family admitted she has a checkered past, but said that was behind her. She loves her son, they said, and wouldn’t abandon him.

They’re afraid something bad has happened.

“She would never not go to pick (her son) back up,” sister Jana Worrell said. “If something had come up she would’ve called me or mom or someone else. No one’s heard from her.”

Clanton’s mother, Judith, filed a missing persons report on Sept. 12. According to that document, Clanton “has a drug addiction with methadone” and may have last been with “a known drug user.”

Worrell said her sister had actually been clean for at least three months. Attempts to reach the man she was last with — “she had gone to meet this guy to get some money that he owed her from a long, long time ago” — have been unfruitful, save for a few contradicting text messages, Worrell said.

“I believe that he’s possibly got something to do with this,” Judith Clanton said. “Nobody’s heard from her, and that’s out of character for her, to not be in touch with anybody.”

Worrell said she’s worried the case is being treated “like a drug addict who relapsed.”

The initial report stated that a police officer attempted to contact the man in question, but to no avail. Gwinnett County spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Tuesday that the official investigation had not yet begun.

“The case is new and hasn’t been assigned to a detective yet for investigation,” Ritter said.

Anyone with information should call Gwinnett County police at 770-513-5300.