The search for a missing woman in Cobb County heats up again after nearly a year as a cold case.
Marietta police detectives spent most of Tuesday digging up the backyard of a home on Elkhart Circle where Ashley Caudle used to live with his mother. They were looking for evidence of what may have happened to Caudle's girlfriend, 27-year old Tiffany Whitton.
Police said Caudle was with Whitton when she vanished September 13.
New tips led police to Caudle's home. They arrived with a search warrant and shovels in hand.
"We don't have any information about whether Tiffany Whitton is alive or dead," explained Officer David Baldwin of the Marietta Police Department. "But we're not leaving any stone unturned. And that's why we're covering all bases."
Caudle lived in the home with his mother, Peggy Bailey. Bailey said she had already forced her son out. All the police cars, the warrant and the subsequent search surprised her.
"What they did today was uncalled for. All they had to do was knock on my door, I would've invited them in and they could have searched any place they wanted," said Bailey. "For them to come in and do this to me and to my neighborhood and make me look like a bad person is just uncalled for."
Whitton was last seen outside a Walmart on Cobb Parkway. The petite blonde stands at 5 feet 2 inches and weighs 100 lbs with green eyes and several tattoos. She is also the mother of a little girl she hasn't spoken to in nearly a year.
Detectives won't say what they looked for at the home. But Baldwin said staff from the Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office came with them, as a precaution.
"Ashley has used drugs. He has things he can improve upon. I have never known Ashley to hurt anything or anyone," Peggy Bailey said about her son. "Now, he may, under the influence of drugs do, something that I'm not aware of. I would not condone that activity."
Detectives consider Caudle a "person of interest" at this point. He is not a suspect, nor have they charged him in connection with Whitton's disappearance.
But, he is in jail at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on unrelated charges.
Marietta police urge anyone with information about Tiffany Whitton to call them.
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