HICKORY — The Hickory Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a woman who has been missing since Dec. 19.

Summer Eckert, 26, is described as a white female with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5-foot, 3-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

She was last seen walking away from Catawba Valley Medical Center, located at 810 Fairgrove Church Road SW, Hickory, at midnight on Dec. 19.

Eckert was last seen wearing a black leather coat, dark-blue, knit wool sweater, black "Kiss" rock band T-shirt, faded blue jeans, tan shoes and in possession of a light green shoulder purse.

HPD is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have seen Eckert or has any information about her whereabouts to contact Investigator. S. Hudson at 828-261-2620 or shudson@hickorync.gov.