Search for Cordova missing woman Taquila Hayes intensifies as TBI joins efforts

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The case of a missing Cordova woman is now being taken on by the both the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Family said Taquila Hayes’ husband hasn’t seen her since June 8, even though she wasn’t reported missing by her mother until August 9th. Hayes family’ said they grew suspicious when she missed her son’s birthday and first day of school earlier this month.

Monday, both TBI and Shelby County Sheriff’s teams searched Hayes’ home on Starcross Avenue off Berryhill Road.

Local 24 News saw investigators get fingerprints and tow a car from the property, as they work to get a needed breakthrough in the missing woman case.

“We want to make sure that we don’t leave any stones unturned,” Capt. Anthony Buckner with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said. “This is still an active investigation. We are still investigating this as a missing person’s case.”

At the request of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, TBI analysts also assisted in gathering evidence Monday morning.

Hayes hasn’t been seen for months and her neighbors are rattled.

“When this happens, it hurts and it’s sad about our community,” Bobby Hancock said.

Authorities said Hayes last reported for work at Methodist Healthcare May 21st.

While detectives searched the missing woman’s home Monday, they’re also looking at surveillance footage from that day at work.

“Just seeing and learning what her last movements may have been at her job, so we are considering that. We are reviewing that,” Capt. Buckner said.

A Methodist Healthcare spokesperson said: “We are cooperating with authorities and are committed to assisting their investigation however possible. We join the entire community in praying for Taquila’s safe return.”

Detectives shared that sense of resolve for Hayes’ loved ones.

“We are doing all that we can to make sure that we can conclude this case in some shape, form, or fashion. The family deserves that,” Capt. Buckner said.

If you have any information about the Hayes’ whereabouts which could help investigators, you are asked to call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 901-222-5600.

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