Almost a week later, still no signs of missing mother
by Shaka S. Lias
Apr 14, 2011 | 3638 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Friends of Wazineh Suleiman began a door-to-door search Wednesday afternoon hoping that someone, somewhere could offer pieces to the puzzle.

Jason Seritt said a group of people met in the Big Lots parking lot off Glade Road, passing out flyers at local businesses. Glade Road is about a mile north of the exit where the 2004 Nissan Armada driven by Suleiman was found Tuesday morning.

There has been no sign of Suleiman since she left her Law Road home she shares with her husband, Abed Suleiman, and their five children, who range in age from 6 to 12. She was last seen Friday night around 9.

Abed Suleiman returned home from a hunting trip because of scheduling conflicts. According to Seritt, the trip they were headed to in Kentucky was actually for youth hunting, but neither was aware.

Seritt said he met Suleiman at his home Friday afternoon. "Everything was like it always is when I'm there, normal."

Seritt said he didn't see Wazineh Suleiman but he did hear her conversing with her husband and the kids. The kids were eating pizza and the son was helping Suleiman pack for the trip.

Seritt met the Suleimans nearly three years ago when his wife worked with Abed Suleiman, and the couples became friends.

"We became real good friends," Seritt said. "If I needed something right now I could call Abed and he'd be here, if all this wasn't going on."

But all of "this" is going on, and authorities continue to search for the woman.

In an interview with "Good Morning America" Wednesday, Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said the case is being treated as a missing endangered person.

Millsap said he hopes the woman simply took a break and will resurface unharmed.

Clark also spoke with Nancy Grace, telling her the children were interviewed by detectives but, because the investigation is ongoing, that information will not be released just yet.

The husband, as well as a Daily Tribune News reporter, also spoke with Grace.

According to Millsap, they have no suspects at this moment and Abed Suleiman is not a person of interest.

Suleiman told Grace he'd willingly submit to a polygraph test if asked.

He also talked briefly about their financial problems. According to documents filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Suleimans filed for Chapter 11 on Aug. 11, 2010.

"I had a good income and bought two expensive properties in Florida," Suleiman told Grace of his situation.

Suleiman said he just wants his wife to return safely. "I'm not the suspect. The more we harp on me we can't get to Wazineh."