Every month, News 14 Carolina in cooperation with the Cue Center for Missing Persons takes a closer look at some unsolved missing persons cases from around our state. While our stories have generated numerous tips, too many cases go unsolved. Here's a look back at some of the cases from this year.
Cue Center founder Monica Caison lives and breathes trying to help the families of the missing, and while some cases are solved, others grow cold.
"It's a reminder that to say these people are still missing, their families are still out there wanting answers and we're still looking for a resolution," she said.
News 14 Carolina featured 17 cases in 2010 including Debbie Key, who disappeared from a Carrboro bar in 1997. Authorities believe she was murdered, but her body was never found.
“She's always going to be our friend, always going to be in our heart, definitely on our minds,” Key's friend, Joyce Preslar, said.
At first, investigators in Roanoke Rapids thought Shonda Stansbury may have left on her own, but a 911 call days later tells a different story. Although it's unclear what happened, Stansbury's mom holds out hope.
“I'd talk to her every single day. She came over to the house every single day. 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,’ Gloria Bedgood said.
Dedrick Smith, 26, is missing from Winston-Salem. Smith's mother, Deborah, wonders every day what happened to her son.
"A mother without her child, there's just no words to explain it. I'm constantly looking for him every day. If I see someone that kind of favors him, I found myself staring at that person," she said.
And who could forget the face of 4-year-old Tristen "Buddy" Myers? He disappeared from rural Sampson County nearly a decade ago. Roseboro residents remember it like it was yesterday.
Asha Degree's case made national headlines after she walked out of her home near Shelby in the morning hours of Valentine's Day 2000.
The Cue Center believes most cases are solvable. Investigators received close to 60 tips after watching these stories and some could help crack the case.
"A couple of the cases actually had a new task force assigned to them for them to be reviewed for the new generated interest, and we're hopeful that we'll continue to feature cases in North Carolina and hopefully bring some type of resolve to them," Caison said.
If you have any information about any of these cases, call the Cue Center for Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131.