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Authorities have ceased the search for a missing Gainesville man but will continue to follow the case in other ways, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes said this week.

The search resumed Saturday for Taylor Gaines Kapiloff, 19, who was reported missing on Nov. 18. A group of 42 volunteers met at Cool Springs Park to expand the search to no avail.

“The investigator will continue to monitor all of Taylor’s accounts to include his banking accounts and his cell phone activity,” Bailes wrote in an email.

The groups involved in the search included: Hall County EMA SAR, Alpha Team K-9 Search and Rescue, SARDOG of Georgia, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club SAR, Northeast Georgia Mounted SAR, and Piedmont Region K-9 Search and Rescue.

Kapiloff left his Bourbon Drive residence without his vehicle or wallet, taking only his cellphone. Kapiloff is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for any information regarding his whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 770-531-6897 or the anonymous tip line at 770-503-3232.

Subpoenas filed for depositions in GOP discrimination suit

Subpoenas for depositions in a discrimination lawsuit against the Georgia Republican Party were filed last week in U.S. District Court.

The case, involving Gainesville woman Qiana Keith, alleges racial discrimination by co-workers at the Georgia Republican Party. The party rebutted Keith’s claims, saying she was terminated for poor job performance.

Depositions will be taken from Keith, her supervisor Adam Pipkin, Finance Director Margaret Poteet, Accounting Director Karen Hentschel and Chairman John Padgett.

The depositions will be taken throughout the week beginning Monday and ending on Jan. 16.

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