LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Authorities in Louisville are searching for a mentally impaired woman.

Tanessa Fox has been missing since the first week in February.

“It's been hell, It's been absolute hell,” Fox’s mother, Connie Spaulding said.

Spaulding says after not hearing from her daughter for two weeks, she had no other choice.

“I was calling and calling and calling,” Spaulding said. “As a last resort I called the police. And I said if you have to, kick the door in whatever. Make sure she's okay.”

A Golden Alert was issued for Fox on March 1, but her mom says she hasn't heard from her since the first week of February. She disappeared from her home on Winterhaven Road in the Hikes Point area.

“We haven't seen her since. We've had well-being checks to the house,”  Spaulding said. “They broke in the back door and couldn't find her.”

Spaulding says the biggest clue that something was wrong was Fox’s dog.

“She has a dog she dearly loves but by the time the police got in, and figured out a dog was there it was pretty near death but she would have never left that dog. Ever,” Spaulding said.

Her mother says fox is mentally impaired, sometimes not totally aware of her surroundings.

She's 40 years old around 5'2" and 110 pounds. She had been in and out of the hospital since January.

“Her things were left just like she had walked out to the mailbox,” Spaulding said. “Her cellphone was there, her purse was there.”

For now, Fox's family is hoping they'll hear something and soon.

“Good, bad, at this point you kind of just get prepared for the worst,” Spaulding said. “You don't know want to hear the worst but you want something.”

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