MISSING: Person of interest in still-missing mother of two turns himself in, immediately asks for lawyer

A Georgia man turned himself in to Haralson County police on Wednesday, but his former girlfriend remains missing as her family desperately pleads for answers.

Jeffery Seth Odom, 36, surrendered on Wednesday after the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department in Northwest Georgia ran numerous “wanted” flyers for his arrest. He’s a person of interest in connection with the disappearance of Jessica Victoria Earl, 31, of Tallapoosa, who vanished on June 8.

Sgt. Dean with the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department told CrimeOnline that Odom is not currently charged with anything connected with Jessica’s disappearance, but the suspect had two felony warrants out for his arrest for failure to appear and car theft.

“We have been told by several people that she was attempting to get away from Mr. Odom,”  Haralson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Joel McSwain, explaining that the Jessica had reportedly dated the suspect previously.

Jessica’s mother, Sandra King, of Louisiana, indicated she was “absolutely positive” Odom knew Jessica’s whereabouts, according to FOX.

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[Photo: Haralson County Sheriff’s Department]
Odom and Jessica met around one month before she vanished. Jessica reportedly wanted to leave Odom after learning he was “armed and dangerous” and had an extensive criminal history.

For weeks, Haralson County authorities, the GBI, and the Paulding-Haralson Drug Task Force searched for Odom, even finding his cellphone in a wooded, remote area, but had no luck locating him. Numerous people have been arrested for allegedly helping Odom hide out.

While it’s unclear why Odom decided to turn himself in, authorities reported he had a snake bite on his leg with an infected wound when he surrendered. Further, he reportedly isn’t talking. Authorities indicated he immediately asked for an attorney. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being transferred to jail.

Meanwhile, volunteers are planning a search for Jessica on July 7 and 8 in Haralson County. Authorities, however, warned that the majority of property in Haralson County is owned by private citizens who may not allow or want others on their land. They also warned that should they happen to locate her deceased, they could potentially ruin a crime scene.

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The GBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to Jessica, described as a white female who stands 5-feet-5-inches tall weighs around 120 pounds. She has brown hair and green/hazel eyes.

“We ask that everyone keep the missing woman and her family in your prayers”, says Sheriff Eddie Mixon. “We are continuing to diligently search every angle for her and chase down every lead.”

[Feature Photo: Seth Odom, Jessica Earl/Haralson County Sheriff’s Department]