Georgia police are searching for a missing 30-year-old mother who was last seen leaving her children to rent a movie at a nearby Walmart.
The Bartow County sheriff said the disappearance of Wazinah Suleiman, a mother of five, is being handled as a missing-endangered person case.
Sheriff Clark Millsap said Suleiman has been missing since Friday night when she told her children she was going out to rent a movie. Her SUV was found Tuesday morning in neighboring Cherokee County.
Millsap appeared Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" and said investigators are looking at cell phone records and surveillance tapes and will interview the children.
Millsap told the network that he found it "hard to believe" that Suleiman disappeared on her own, though he said authorities have no evidence of foul play. He said the woman's husband, Abed Suleiman, is not a suspect in her disappearance.
"We don't have any evidence to show that," he said told the network. "At this time he's not a suspect, he's not a person of interest. We're trying to rule out the fact that she might have stepped away from family life for a while, just took a break."
The sheriff said Suleiman told her children, ages 6 to 12, that she was driving to a Walmart in Cartersville, but it's not clear if she ever made it there. Authorities found her 2004 Nissan Armada Tuesday in an empty parking lot about 12 miles from the store, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Police are examining the vehicle, which was found locked, for any possible clues.
Millsap told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Abed Suleiman said he was exchanging text messages with his wife sometime after she left the family's home.
Abed Suleiman allegedly told police the last text he got from his wife's phone said, "I'll just throw my phone out the window," according to the newspaper. Abed Suleiman said his wife didn't answer her phone after that final text message was sent, according to police.
Wazineh Suleiman is described as 5-foot-7, weighing about 130 pounds. She has hazel eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being urged to contact the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 382-5050.
The Associated Press contributed to this report