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Family wants missing Clayton County girl home

By Ed Brock

Tara Stockton's family wants to send her a message.

"We want her to know it's OK to come home," said Vickie Stockton, former stepmother of the 15-year-old girl who has been missing since March 2. "There are people who love her and want to take care of her."

Most recently Tara has been sighted at LaCosta at Lovejoy mobile home park where Stockton and other family members have been handing out fliers with the girl's picture and information.

"One man said he saw her every day," Stockton said.

Tara disappeared from Cobblestone Apartments in Fayetteville where she was staying with her father, Gregory Stockton, his current wife and Tara's older sister, 17-year-old Tiffany Stockton.

Tiffany Stockton, who is now living with Vickie Stockton in Milner, said Tara was emotionally upset the night before she disappeared, leaving her purse, clothes and other personal items behind.

"She tells me everything," Tiffany Stockton said. "It doesn't make sense that she would get up and leave without telling me."

Vickie Stockton said she believed Tara was with her 21-year-old boyfriend, but the boyfriend has denied seeing her.

She was believed to have been living with a young woman at LaCosta, according to park manager Barbara Spruill, but that woman no longer lives there. Spruill said she couldn't release the woman's name but said she is trying to contact her.

"All I know is she moved between here and Fayetteville into an apartment somewhere," Spruill said.

Vickie Stockton said she does not have legal custody of either girl but their father has asked her to help find Tara. She was married to Gregory Stockton for eight years.

"I got Tara when she was a year and a half old," Vickie Stockton said.

Tara's grandparents, Grady and Carolyn Stockton, are also worried, Vickie Stockton said.

"All of us are wanting for her to come home," Stockton said.

Tara is also listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Web site as an "endangered runaway."

She is a white female with brown hair standing about 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 160 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fayetteville police Detective Debbie Chambers at (770) 461-4441.

And Tiffany Stockton asked that if her sister reads this story that she call her at (770) 954-9334 at the McDonough office where she also works with Vickie Stockton.

"If she trusts anybody she trusts me," Tiffany Stockton said.