OMEGA -- Armed men kidnapped an Omega woman at her home Wednesday afternoon, leaving other occupants of the house bound with duct tape.
Tift County Sheriff Gary Vowell said Aracly Herrera, 33, was taken from her house on Hardy Avenue by three or four Hispanic men. They left the residence in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with tinted windows and "gold package" trim. The vehicle is believed to have a Fulton tag with the numbers 7887 ADB.
Herrera was wearing blue jeans and Nike tennis shoes with green trim. Neighbors said they called her "Sally" because they couldn't pronounce her name. Vowell said the Omega police chief had told him that the family had lived in Omega for some time and had done some farm work, although he did not know where Herrera was employed now.
Vowell declined to identify the other residents, but said he believed there were three people in the house. They were unharmed and were able to free themselves and call 911.
"At this time, I couldn't possibly guess at a motive. There is a language barrier. Information is coming, but it's coming slowly," said Vowell.
Vowell said there are children in the family, but they were in school at the time of the abduction. Two of the individuals who were bound left the scene and had to be found before Spanish-speaking officers could question them.
"Anytime someone is taken at gunpoint, we take that very seriously," Vowell said.
The Georgia State Patrol helicopter was brought to the scene to search for Herrera. Officers blocked off the entire area around her home Wednesday evening and set up an incident command unit. Investigators from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation also were summoned to the case.
Anyone who has seen the missing woman or has any information is asked to call 911 in Tift County or the sheriff's department at (229) 388-6021.