It’s been a year since a Lumberton woman went missing. Abby Patterson’s mother and grandmother are still heartbroken.
The FBI created a missing poster. They hope it will generate new leads.
Lumberton police said they continue to actively investigate the case, but still don’t know what happened to the young woman once she left her home.
“It breaks my heart,” neighbor Michelle McMillan said.
For the last 365 days, neighbors on East 9th Street have watched and waited for any developments in Patterson’s disappearance.
“It’s just devastating. Such a young girl and she was a really beautiful person,” McMillan said.
“To me that is just scary. I wouldn’t want to be in that mom’s or that grandmother’s place,” neighbor Jacqueline Powell said.
Patterson’s grandmother was too distraught to be interviewed. She said she saw her grandaughter cross the street and get into a waiting car. She was one of the last people to see the 21-year-old.
Patterson’s mother took to Facebook. She wrote, “I love you more than words could ever say. We are not giving up.”
“Wasn’t too far away from when they discovered all those bodies over there off 5th Street,” neighbor Morris Cardenas said.
Lumberton police are also investigating the deaths of three women found in the same area back in the spring of 2017. Christina Bennett, 32, was found inside a home on Peachtree Street. Rhonda Jones, 36, was found outside a home on East 5th Street. Megan Oxendine, 28, was found outside a home on East 8th Street.
The FBI offered a $30,000 reward for information in those cases.
Lumberton police said they don’t believe Patterson’s disappearance is connected.
“We just hope that someone is going to come forward with more information,” McMillan said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Lumberton police.