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Police continue searching for Tara Hawkins

8:51 PM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
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By Erica Bennett

Jacksonville, FL (WAWS/CNN) - Florida police continue the search for a missing woman.

Tara Hawkins is a former real estate agent, but hit some tough times following a car accident.

The 33-year-old disappeared June 1, 2012.

Family and friends of Hawkins are still digesting the fact that she is missing.

"I can't believe it. I really can't believe," said her friend, Marcus Pickering.

Hawkins was last seen a few weeks ago at an Extended Stay on Baymeadows Road. Her dog was found alone in the room with no sign of the owner.

Police believe she travels in a blue beach cruiser and may suffer from some form of brain injury.

Pickering, a former acquaintance of Hawkins, says she's had it rough the last few years.

"She's had a lot of financial hardship, a lot of mental strain, a death in the family and a really bad car accident," said Pickering.

Hawkins is a waitress at Emperor's Gentlemen's club, which according to Pickering, is not characteristic of her.

Before her car accident she was a successful realtor and in the Navy.

Monday morning police found a body a few miles away from Emperor's but police aren't saying whether or not there is a connection.



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