The family of Linda Kimble of Culloden is asking for any help in finding their 59-year-old mother whom they have not been able to contact since August. Kimble suffers from dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and seizures and is not consistently able to communicate her needs and identity with others.
Kimble was placed by a Gwinnett County Hospital in an assisted living home in Snellville operated by Kishia Mitchell in July 2019. Her daughter, Richetta Henderson, talked with her in August but was not able to schedule a visit with her because Mitchell repeatedly said Kimble was involved in group activities and wasn’t available. On Sept. 3, Henderson began calling Mitchell to arrange payments to her and to insist on a visit, but she said she had a family emergency and could not meet with her. After one brief message the next week indicating her family emergency was resolved, Mitchell has failed to respond since then.
Henderson filed a missing persons report with Gwinnett County Police on Oct. 4 and has been working with them since but has been unable to locate her mother or Mitchell. Her two brothers and other family members have been assisting with the search. A visit to the house where Kimble was supposed to be staying found it vacant.
Henderson learned that Mitchell had about 10 houses with mentally ill individuals under her care. She went to one of the houses where she met a group of men who said Mitchell or one of the caregivers she employed would usually come by at night and bring them food. No one had come and they were hungry. Gwinnett County law enforcement moved these tenants to another care home.
Henderson said that her mother’s seizure disorder and other medical issues caused her mother’s dementia to progress rapidly even though she is so young. Her condition required hospitalization. She was at Jasper County Hospital, but it was not equipped to continue caring for her. She was transferred to Eastside Medical Center in Gwinnett County which in turn released her to Mitchell’s care. Henderson now questions the relationship between the social workers at the hospital, Mitchell and others who work for her.
Henderson and her family have passed out flyers in the neighborhood of Kimble’s last known address and the hospital. The story has been on Atlanta news stations. The family has been contacted by some people, like a transportation provider who worked for Mitchell, and has passed on all information to Gwinnett County detectives.
While in Culloden, Kimble worked as a home health aide and drove transportation vans. She made friends with many of her clients, going out of her way to help anyone she could. The family was told she was a big help to others at the hospital.
“I just want to see her, be able to hug her and know she’s okay,” said Henderson.
Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Linda Kimble or Kishia Mitchell is asked to contact Henderson at email@example.com 678-764-8633, 706-975-4080 or 478-951-0134 or contact Detective Hegwood of the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5000.