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Authorities searching for missing mother of 2

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

PRICEVILLE — Authorities are searching for a Priceville mother of two, whose father filed a missing person’s report Oct. 3, said Priceville Police Chief Billy Peebles.

James Rains of Decatur told police his daughter, Angela Rains Lee, 39, is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs about 110 pounds, and has blue-green eyes and medium brown hair.

“We issued a BOLO alert for her, and we’re also attempting to contact her ex-husband, Jerry Lee,” Peebles said. BOLO means “be on the lookout.”

Peebles said anyone with information about either should call central dispatch at 350-4613.

Priceville Court Clerk Linda Duran said Jerry Lee called Monday afternoon inquiring about how much his ex-wife owed for court costs and fees and for a court-appointed attorney.

“He said Angela was with him, and that they were in Madison,” Duran said.

According to records, Priceville police arrested Lee on May 3 and charged her with domestic violence for slapping her husband. Duran said both appeared in Municipal Court on Aug. 28, and that after the couple reached a plea agreement, the case was dropped.

Duran said Angela Lee has the option of making restitution before Nov. 20 or reappearing in court.

James Rains said Decatur police arrested Lee on Sept. 15 after she assaulted her mother, Rose Mary Rains.

“Angie and her children stayed with us for about a month. She was with us from Aug. 17 until she beat up my wife,” he said. “She struck her several times and tried to choke her. Decatur General Hospital treated her and released her, but she suffered from pain and soreness for about three weeks.”

Rains said since they knew their daughter was sick, they did not press charges.

“She’s in need of medical treatment,” he said. “We couldn’t confirm what the problem was, and we still don’t know, but there has been a big change in her personality. We drove her to Decatur General twice, and they tested her for drugs with negative results. We attempted to get her admitted to Decatur General West, anywhere we could find out what was wrong.”

Rains said that after the Decatur arrest, his daughter remained in jail until Jerry Lee bonded her out Sept. 20.

“We had a friend downtown who saw Angie that night in Jerry’s car, an older four-door, tan Nissan,” Rains said. He said the couple divorced more than a year ago.

He said the Department of Human Resources had recommended Sept. 10 that the Lees go to a Madison facility for a psychological evaluation in order to get back their children, a son, 8, and a daughter, 2.

“She wouldn’t go,” Rains said. “I even tried to trick her into going, but I didn’t have any luck. Our grandchildren remain with us, and I have filed to get custody of them.”

He said a DHR staffer went to the Lees’ house on Rose Bud Lane on Sept. 28 and saw the couple.

“She told us that Jerry said he was going to check Angie into Decatur General West, but that never happened,” Rains said. “That was the last time the staffer saw her.”

Peebles said he spoke to a neighbor of the Lees who said that on Sept. 30 the couple got into an argument in the road.

“She said they were arguing and yelling at each other and that Angela then walked away,” Peebles said. “The neighbor said she drove her car alongside her and spoke to her. The neighbor said she told her she was OK. The neighbor said she called her boyfriend and told him to look for Lee on his way home. She said he never saw her.”

Peebles said Rains signed for his daughter to go for a mental evaluation Oct. 1 and that when Morgan County sheriff’s deputies went to the house to get her, she wasn’t there.

Peebles said he went to the house Tuesday and the landlord told him they had left.

“I went in and found Jerry Lee’s pay stub and called the construction company in Decatur, where he worked,” the chief said. “An employee told me Lee had been gone two weeks.”

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