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Search for Hobe Sound woman to be scaled back

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Posted at 3:54 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 06:27:58-04

The Martin County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the search for a missing Hobe Sound woman will be scaled back.

At an afternoon news conference Sheriff William Snyder said deputies interviewed Tricia Todd's ex-husband Steven Williams and he willingly submitted to a polygraph exam and nothing he said pointed to any links to her disappearance.

"No physical evidence,  or witness testimony, links Mr. Williams with Tricia Todd's disappearance," the sheriff said.

Williams was interviewed in North Carolina by a lieutenant, two detectives and an assistant state attorney.

"There is absolutely no evidence a crime has occurred," Sheriff Snyder said. "This is a strong circumstantial case for an abduction. A person who was supposed to go home at a certain time, wake up at a certain time, pick up her daughter at a certain time doesn’t do that. Except that some of the elements you see in an abduction are missing. Nobody heard screams, no physical evidence in any of the cars involved, in any of the houses involved indicates trouble… abduction.”  
 
The sheriff said he will need to start scaling back the ground search for Todd and move into an investigative mode.

The sheriff is asking for the public's assistance for any information that could help detectives solve the case.