Middle Georgia Cold Cases: Out of Thin Air

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It’s been 24 years since anyone has seen or heard from a young Macon girl and Bibb County sheriff’s investigators haven’t given up their search.

Ashland Drive in the Bloomfield neighborhood in Macon is both busy and peaceful.

There’s a nice blend of commuters and nature. In August 1991, Sabrina Leigh Long, her mother and step-father called a house on this road home. She’d been out one night with her boyfriend.

“She came home and she’d been on a date with her boyfriend. He brought her home,” Captain Jimmy Barbee says. 

After changing clothes, Sabrina had plans to go back out. She told her mom to give her a call in the next 30 minutes if she hadn’t called back. 

“Well the mother went to sleep. It’s 1 o’clock in the morning, 1:30 a.m., and that’s the last time she talked with her daughter,” Barbee says. 

Sabrina told her mother she was going to buy something for a friends mom here on Ashland Drive, the last time anyone saw her alive. 

“Basically what we have is a 19-year-old that’s gone missing and has never been seen again since,” says Barbee.

But where did she go?

Captain Jimmy Barbee with the sheriff’s office says investigators interviewed Sabrina knew and didn’t find any leads. 

“A boyfriend, a mom, nothing whatsoever,” Barbee said while going through the case file. 

Days, then months, then years went by — no trace of the 19-year-old.

Then Sabrina’s mother got a call, could it be a clue?

“The mother said a male had called and talked with her about Sabrina going to Geico for a job interview. The mother didn’t know anything about it. He left a name, the mother called Geico and they didn’t know who this man was saying he’s not part of this organization at all,” Barbee says. 

Another dead end. 

Barbee says calls like that come in all the time. 

“People have called in saying she’s in the woods here or in the woods there. Those things have checked out, nothing was found,” says Barbee. 

Still he and investigators aren’t giving up, determined to help a mother who wants to know what happened to her daughter.

“If you can’t find who did it, and if you can’t find my daughter, don’t throw it on a shelf and forget about her,” Barbee says. 

To this day no one has  been able to find anything connected to Sabrina Long. Barbee says investigators have dental records but haven’t been able to find any skeletal remains. If you know where Sabrina Long is call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500.

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