911 call changes direction of missing woman investigation
News 14 Carolina, in cooperation with the Cue Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington, is taking a closer look at some unsolved missing person cases around our state.
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ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. -- Shonda Stansbury has been missing since December 2006. At first, investigators thought the mother of four may have left on her own but a 911 call days later told a different story. Now, years later, Stansbury's family continues to search for answers.
Stansbury’s mother, Gloria Bedgood, says her daughter stuck to a routine when it came to checking in.
"I’d talk to her every single day; she came over to the house every single day," Bedgood said. “That night, she called and told me she'd be there about 10 o’clock; I asked her where she was and she said ‘up the street at the store.’”
But the night of Dec. 8, Stansbury didn't come home. Police initially thought the 24 year old left on her own. But, just days later, Warren County 911 dispatchers received an interesting call.
On Dec. 14, the 911 Communication Center received a phone call about a woman seen running from from behind the Information Grocery.
The female caller said she watched the events unfold across the street. She said the woman, who fit Stansbury’s description, was bloody and being chased by two black men.
The caller said Stansbury identified herself and had her hand on the car before the suspects scared the driver away and she drove off. The 911 call was enough for investigators to rethink the case. Stanbury's family has its own theory on the call.
“We're really not sure it was her and we're really not sure if the phone call was a hoax or a definite thing,” Bedgood said.
Roanoke Rapids Police Department investigator Andy Jackson said police are still actively following up on leads and do have person of interest. But he says Stansbury has not used her Social Security number or run into any law enforcement since 2006.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Roanoke Rapids Police Department at (252) 533-2810 or the Cue Center for Missing Persons.