Woman headed to Florida from S.C. reported missing

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SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. —

A 31-year-old woman from Simpsonville, S.C., who was headed to Zellwood, Fla., was reported missing, authorities said Thursday.

Myranda Dale Southern, who also goes by Myranda Whisenant, was last seen on Monday at her job in Simpsonville, authorities said.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said Southern left work around midnight Sunday and was supposed to be heading to Zellwood to pick up her two children from their grandmother's house, but she never arrived.

Nicole Johnson said she is a good friend of Southern, a mother of two.

"Monday was her daughter's birthday, she never called to wish her daughter a Happy Birthday so everyone is very concerned," Johnson said.

Southern used to live in Lake Mary but moved to South Carolina a few years ago.

Friends say her estranged husband, Shawn Southern, showed up in Zellwood trying to pick them up.

Her friends and family are worried something bad may have happened, because they said she is a responsible woman who needed to get her kids so they could start school back home.

Deputies said she may be driving a 2000, four-door beige Buick LeSabre, bearing a South Carolina tag with the number IEP-812.

"Please help us to bring her home," wrote Danielle Holland, who identified herself as Southern's friend, in an email to WFTV.

Anyone with information on Southern's whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.