Family friend remembers Fla. woman with Tri-Cities ties found dead in Georgia


The body of a woman with ties to the Tri-Cities has been found in a Georgia waterway..

Mitzi Babb’s body was discovered floating in a waterway in Camden County, Georgia. Babb had been missing since Tuesday from Hernando County, Florida, where she was a park ranger.

Earlier in the day, Babb’s boyfriend, 42-year-old Jeffrey Morrison was arrested and held in Georgia on arrest warrants for armed burglary and attempted arson. Investigators say he is a person of interest in Babb’s death.
News Channel 11’s Elizabeth Kuebel sat down with one of Babb’s best friends from high school, who opened up about their friendship and the now devastating loss.

Matthew Clark talked to us just minutes after he heard the news that Babb’s body was found in a Georgia waterway. As you can imagine, he was still in shock, but that didn’t stop him from sharing the qualities he said made the 43-year-old mother so special.

While attending Elizabethton High, Clark and Babb were inseparable.

“She was just fun to be around, always happy, always positive, always saw the good in people,” he said.

Clark still lives in the Tri-Cities. Babb, he says, moved to Florida several years ago, but the distance didn’t break their bond.

“Every time I saw her and talked to her it was like that same person that I talked to when I was a teenager,” he said.

A point clearly made by Matthew’s original plans for the evening. He was going to fly to Florida and join in on a massive search effort happening there.  

“We just wanted to be there. Wanted somebody there that knew her from up here because we didn’t want her to feel alone,” he said.

Detectives with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office spent days looking for Babb – considered a missing endangered adult. Friday afternoon, they announced they’d found her body. Earlier in the day, authorities said Jeffrey Michael Morrison, considered a person of interest in the case, was taken into custody for crimes not related to the death.

“Just shock i mean I don’t know how you process it. It’s life is so short and it can be gone in an instant and that’s just, I’m confused, I’m angry, I don’t know how to process it right now,” Clark said.

And as Clark continues to come to grips with what’s happened, he’s reflecting on what he’ll miss most about his high school friend.

“Just her positivity and always trying to help people and always having a kind heart. There’s not too many people in this world like that and she was a good person so she will be missed.”

Tonight, Clark tells me his message is simple, asking everyone to continue to pray for Babb’s family and friends, and keep her in your thoughts.

Tonight the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office tells us the investigation is ongoing.

It’s unclear whether Morrison will be charged in connection to Babb’s death.

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