BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. – Delores Melton, Michelle Haggadon, Tammy Ferguson and Rosalind Wall all have similar backgrounds and disappeared from different locations in Brunswick County within a seven-year period.
Investigators are not sure if the cases are connected, but each grew cold over the years.
Delores Melton disappeared in April of 1994. She was last seen at the High Tide bar in Sunset Beach.
“She basically went out to the car to get something out of the car and vanished, never heard from again,” Monica Caison, of the Cue Center, said. “She leaves a child behind who is now grown, her parents continue to search, but will never give up.”
Rosalind Wall was reported missing from Southport in February of 1995. She was last seen at Skippers Lounge where she worked as a bar tender.
“No one ever saw her, no one saw her leave work,” Caison said. “It’s as if she disappeared after she exited that door.”
In July of the same year, Tammy Ferguson disappeared in Leland. That case is now getting a second look by a newly formed cold case squad in Leland.
“We sat down with cold case investigators, gone over the facts of the case involving Tammy Ferguson and looked at everything that occurred, everything that was done and everything that could be done in the future,” Chief Tim Jayne, of the Leland Police, said.
Few details are available in that case. There are reports that she made a phone call from a nearby phone. Investigators believe foul play might have been involved.
And no one has heard from Michelle Haggadon since January of 2001. Her daughter was only in fifth grade when Haggadon disappeared. She’s now left searching for answers.
Investigators say Haggadon came into some money before she disappeared. Family members think the money helped her get involved with the wrong crowd.
“She started getting bad with drugs, and I think it started with a boyfriend and went from there,” Haggadon’s daughter, Gabrielle Wilson, said. “And with money, having so much on her hands, it attracted people towards her.”
Wilson wonders now whether her mother is dead or gone for good. And families from all the missing women are wondering what could have happened in the cold cases.
“Whether connected or not, there are still four women that are still missing, a long period of time, children grown, their families try to move on but they can’t,,” Caison said.