Cartersville, Georgia – On Sunday, October 30, 2016, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested to assist the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office in an investigation into the discovery of human remains. 

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office identified the remains as that of Heather McDonald who has been missing from Cartersville, GA since mid-September.

The GBI, Cartersville Police Department, Bartow County Drug Task Force, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, and FBI have been working diligently to find McDonald since her disappearance in mid-September.  These agencies are continuing to follow all investigative leads.

An autopsy will be performed by the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Cartersville Police Department at 770-382-2526 or the GBI’s Calhoun Regional Office at 706-624-1424.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information about the death of Heather McDonald.


Contact:  Nelly Miles | [email protected] | 404/270-8330