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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 3:39am

Search Called Off for Missing North Georgia Woman

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has called off the ground search for a missing Blairsville woman.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead says investigators have covered the area where they thought 38-year-old Kristi Cornwell might be. The search lasted nearly eight days across northeast Georgia and into North Carolina and Tennessee.

Cornwell disappeared on Aug. 11 after she had been talking on her cell phone with her boyfriend, who said he overheard a struggle as the woman walked near her parents' home.

Bankhead says Cornwell's disappearance will still be investigated as a missing person's case.

About 100 law enforcement officials were fanned-out Tuesday, the seventh day since Kristi Cornwell disappeared.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said hundreds of tips came in, all being followed up on by authorities.

Cornwell is the mother of a 15-year-old son and formerly worked as a probation officer.

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