Jessica Diane Vanzant Dietzel

Jessica was last seen on the 18th of February 2020 in Albany, Georgia. On that day, she logged on to her Facebook messenger account using her friend, Gary Potter’s, mobile phone. Police were able to locate that she logged in somewhere near the Five Points Inn, formally known as the Deep South, in Albany.

On the 13th of February, Jessica was seen on CCTV at a convenience store in Albany.

Image of Jessica at a convenience store just days before she went missing. Credit:

Police have said that the last time anyone saw Jessica, she was wearing all dark-coloured clothes, possibly black coloured, with black Nike shoes and a black bookbag.

Jessica Dietzel. Credit:

On the 1st of March, 2020, Jessica’s mother, Kristina, reported her missing.

Police and volunteers from Georgia undertook a massive search in the hopes of finding Jessica and handed out flyers with her name and picture on so that people would recognise her. Unfortunately, this search yielded no results.

Lee County Sheriff’s Department searched Gary Potter’s house, and they did seize some property of his, including his truck.

A potential piece of evidence, a piece of hair, has been found, but the police have not yet confirmed if it belongs to Jessica yet.

Police did try to talk to Gary Potter, but he told them that he didn’t know Jessica, and then invoked his right to an attorney. Police have said they would like to talk to him more.

Retired Captain Craig Dodd, formerly with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, spent a lot of time investigating this case before he retired.

Speaking to WALB News, Craig Dodd said: “Jessica did make a comment saying that she got in over her head and that she was scared.”

Investigators told WALB News that this investigation has faced a lot of obstacles, including leads slowing down, a break -down of communications between some agencies and some people being afraid to talk about Jessica and her case.

Craig Dodd explained that these obstacles are because there are “A lot of very dangerous people involved.”

Jessica. Credit:

Law Enforcement officials are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Captain Shawn McTyeire, the commander of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, has said that investigators are not interested in talking to you about any illegal acts that you might have done, they are just interested in information that will lead to Jessica.

There is a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the discovery and recovery of Jessica, or an arrest and indictment of the individual/individuals responsible for Jessica’s disappearance.

Anyone with any information is being urged to contact police on the number below:

Lee County Sheriff’s Office – (229) 759 6034

Jessica Diane Vanzant Dietezel. Credit:


Unsolved, Mystery, Missing, Missing Person, Georgia, USA, True Crime, Investigation

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