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The family of a missing 49-year-old grandmother from Covina are putting out a desperate plea for help to find her. (KABC)

The family of a missing 49-year-old grandmother from Covina are putting out a desperate plea for help.

Samantha Rummel was trying to contain her emotions talking about her mother, Tammy Rummel, who had been missing since May. Her disappearance was a mystery.

Samantha Rummel said her mother would never just vanish and leave her family in utter pain and her grandchildren to wonder what happened.

The unsettled daughter last saw her mother after dropping her off at her Covina home. Detectives said Tammy Rummel didn't stay long and was seen leaving the residence in an SUV with an unidentified person.

Investigators said surveillance cameras captured video of Tammy Rummel at a Chase bank branch ATM machine. From the video, police created a sketch of the man they're looking for.

"Shows Tammy with an unidentified man withdrawing money at around 1:30 later that day. She hasn't been seen or heard from since," said Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Detectives said there had been no activity on the missing woman's cell phone. Given that Tammy Rummel's disappearance was suspicious, they would like to talk to the man seen in the surveillance video.

Authorities said they were not sure if the man seen with Tammy Rummel was the same man who picked her up in the SUV.

"Like the detective said, this is completely out of character for Tammy to just disappear with no contact," said the missing woman's sister, Kimberly Trembely. "Tammy was all about family..."

Sheriff's officials said they urged anyone with information on the case to contact the L.A. County Sheriff's Department or L.A. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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