Police searching for missing 44-year-old woman last seen in Venice

Updated: Oct. 6, 2020 at 6:08 PM EDT
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VENICE, Fla. (WWSB) - The Venice Police Department (VPD) is searching for a 44-year-old woman that has been reported missing in the city.

Police say Tracey Rieker left her home on last Wednesday, September 30, and drove away in her vehicle, a green Nissan Xterra with a Florida tag that reads ‘PO8116.'

According to police, Rieker has been going to local beaches lately to “talk with people about God." Reportedly, she visited Lido Beach and Bradenton Beach on last Monday and she is also known to visit the North Port area.

“We are really concerned about her. She had also been struggling with getting some sleep. She fasted for a national day of prayer on the 26th, and continued that on for a couple of days. She might have a little bit of a fog of her mental state, so that was the immediate concern when we realized she was gone,” Christian Rieker, Tracey’s husband, tells us.

The initial search started in Venice, but now police are looking all along the Suncoast, as her photos continue to be shared, so do tips of possible sightings in both Manatee and Sarasota counties. There’s now even a Facebook group with thousands of members who are all curious for answers.

“There’s always that possibility that it wasn’t on her own free will. It’s completely against her nature. We are concerned that she is so giving and loving, so someone might have taken advantage of her willing to help anyone and wanting to get that message out,” expressed Christian Rieker.

Rieker is Caucasian, stands at five-feet-four-inches tall, weighs around 120 pounds, has blond hair, brown eyes, and a heart tattoo on her ring finger.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts should contact VPD at 941-486-2444.

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