A young Dearing woman who was reported missing to authorities by a relative before Christmas returned home safely last week, authorities say.
The woman, Nicole Dawn Taylor, of the 100 block of Langham Drive, spent the Christmas holidays with a friend in Atlanta, according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Carrier.
Family members originally thought Miss Taylor, who recently began dating a soldier at Fort Gordon, might have been a victim of foul play.
Before returning home, Miss Taylor had not been seen since two days before Christmas, when she took her boyfriend to Augusta Regional Airport.