VALDOSTA -- The search for a Valdosta woman and her son now includes a reward from the office of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Detective Bobbi McGraw of the Valdosta Police Department said the governor's office has authorized the VPD to offer a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the safe recovery of Paula Wade and her son Brandon or information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for their disappearance.

"I and the McGrath family, which is Paula's family, sent letters to the governor's office asking for money that is made available under Georgia Code 45-12-35," McGraw said. "This money is being offered in addition to the reward being offered by the VPD."

McGraw said that although a year has passed since the Oct. 14 disappearance of Wade and her son, the case is still being worked.

"This case is an active and ongoing investigation, and we have done searches here with dogs several times," she said. "As part of the ongoing investigation, the detective division has checked various locations throughout the state as well as outside of the state."

The mother and son are listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Web site, McGraw said.

Wade, 27, and Brandon, 4, were reported missing Oct. 14, by her co-worker at Sam's Club when she didn't call about her absence.

Wade is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes. She may be using the last name McGrath. Brandon is described as approximately 3 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He also goes by the nickname Munchkin.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Valdosta Police Department at (229) 293-3145. If you wish to remain anonymous, call the Crime Tip Line at (229) 293-3091.

To contact Tanya B. O'Berry, call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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