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Police: Missing Camden woman may have harmed herself

12:32 AM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- Camden County Sheriff's Detectives and Kingsland Police are now saying missing 24-year-old Ivy Merck may have intended to harm herself.

Investigators met with a group of criminal profilers from around the world Thursday morning to discuss Merck's disappearance. That's according to the Camden County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

"After exhausting every available lead, examining all the available evidence and consulting with profilers, investigators have determined that there is a high probability Ivy may have intended to harm herself," the post said.

"Everyone involved hopes Ivy can be brought home safely but the likelihood of that happening greatly diminishes every day."

Friday, September 14th, is Merck's 25th birthday. Investigators are asking friends and family to post a birthday message on her Facebook wall.

Grainy video was also discovered from a coffee and snack shop near where Merck's car was found in Deerfield Beach in Broward County. The video was taken on August 24th and it appears to be the missing woman.

Investigators are still waiting to confirm her identity when a clearer version of the video becomes available. If the sighting is confirmed, it will be the last known contact with Merck.

Two notes were found in her car in Broward County, one to her family and one to her roommate. Both notes were short and may have expressed Merck's desire to leave because of unnamed hardships in her life.

Merck left her job in Clarke County on August 23rd, drove to Camden County, and put her dog in a kennel.

She has not been seen since.

Police still consider the disappearance a very active case. They have set up a phone line, dedicated for people who have any information about Merck's whereabouts. The number is (912) 510-5115. There's also an email address at for the same purpose.

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