Abby Lynn Patterson and the Strange On-goings in Robinson County, North Carolina; Part 2
While researching the disappearance of Abby Lynn Patterson, it became apparent there was something sinister occurring in Robinson County. Most of the occurrences have taken place in the town of Lumberton, North Carolinian, where Abby vanished from. The town has been plagued with more violence than seemingly normal - having thirteen individuals disappear since 1989. It is not clear if all of these cases are related or not, but the following is a collection of circumstances that bare resemblance to the cases discussed in part one. The similarities go back as far as 2004 with the disappearance of Stephanie Lewis.
Stephanie Lewis was a 21-year-old woman who was attempting to support her young daughter by working at the Days Inn motel on Roberts Avenue. On October 12, 2004, Stephanie finished up her shift and told co-workers she was going to try to find a ride to Virginia. She was last seen walking away from the motel wearing a light blue snowsuit and a dark blue jacket. Stephanie was 5’3” and weighed 100 lbs. She had brown hair and green eyes. Stephanie is of American-Indian decent and is an Alaskan native.
JESSICA MICHELLE LOWERY:
Jessica Michelle Lowery has been missing from Lumberton, North Carolina since December 20, 2005. 22-year-old Jessica was last seen walking away from her residence in the 700 block of Bolinger Avenue. She was spotted by witnesses at approximately 3:00 am walking on Beam Road. Jessica was wearing a black and white Harley Davidson jacket, a black shirt, blue jeans and black reebok sneakers. She is described as 5’0” and weighed around 135 lbs. She had brown hair and brown eyes. Jessica answers to the name ‘Shell’ and has a tattoo of a long stemmed-rose on the outside of her left ankle. Jessica is also of Native-American decent.
MICHELLE ANN DRIGGERS (23) & LISA HARDIN (36):
Two sets of remains were discovered in 2009 within 4 months of each other and not even a mile apart. On March 30, 2009 the remains of a badly beaten and bruised female were discovered and later identified as 23-year-old Michelle Ann Driggers. The remains were found in the driveway of an overgrown, unused cemetery off Hestertown Road. Driggers was found lying face down in the mud with her clothing scattered all around her. An autopsy performed by the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Chapel Hill determined she had been strangled, beaten and stabbed in several places. She had also been sexually assaulted with a sharp object.
On July 12, 2009 another set of remains was discovered in the woods behind the ‘Titan Flow Control INC’ warehouse off of Chippewa Street just feet from an unused railroad spur. The body had been hidden by tall grasses. The remains were identified as 36-year-old Lisa Hardin. Hardin’s body was also badly bruised and appeared to have been beaten by some kind of object. Police have not publicly confirmed rumors that Hardin had also been discovered naked and had also been sexually assaulted. Both women had previously been charged with prostitution.
The discovery of Driggers (23) and Hardin (36) is reminiscent to the discovery of Christina Bennett (32), Rhonda Jones (36) and Meagan Ann Oxendine (28) in 2017. All five of these women were discovered in or around abandoned properties. All the remains were obscured in some way as if the person responsible wanted to hide what they had done. The perpetrator seemingly evolving as the remains in 2017 were not found as quickly as the victims of 2009. Autopsies performed in 2017, could not determine a cause of death because the remains were so badly decomposed. The Medical Examiner stated an “asphyxia injury” could not be ruled out. This type of ‘injury’ would include someone obscuring another person’s mouth and nose or strangulation. Perhaps, if Bennett, Jones and Oxendine had been discovered sooner, we would see bruising on their bodies as the result of a beating just like the other two women.
SARA NICOLE GRAHAM:
Sara had recently moved from Texas to live with her Father and Stepmom in Fairmont North Carolina. Her Dad and Step-mom both worked for the Robinson County Sheriff’s department, her Father being the Sheriff’s Deputy. On the morning of February 4, 2015, Sara left her residence at the 4000 block of Centerville Church Road at 6:30 am and headed to the Wal-Mart in Pembroke, North Carolina where she worked. Her shift was to begin at 7:00 am. Sara however, never arrived and has not been seen or heard from since. Sara was 18 years old at the time of her disappearance. She was 5’4” and weighed 160 lbs. Sara had short, dark-brown hair and brown eyes. She wore glasses and had braces at the time of her disappearance. Sara was last seen wearing her blue Wal-Mart vest. Sara was also of Native American decent.
The white Chevrolet van Sara had been driving to work was registered to her Father. It was found abandoned just after noon in a wheat field off East McDonald Road between Chicken Road and Centerville Church Road. The van was locked. There was no evidence of a struggle in or around the van. Although the police did not learn of the van’s location until after noon on February 4, 2015, it appears witnesses saw the vehicle in the wheat field as early as 6:45 that morning. The FBI is offering a reward of $5000 for information leading them to Sara.
RITA MAYNOR (63)
On July 8 2018, the remains of Rita Maynor were discovered in an abandoned home off Pine Street in the town of Pembroke. Rita was last seen on July 3rd 2018 and after a few days with no contact between her and her family, her children reported her missing on July 7, 2018.
The Medical Examiner who performed the autopsy once again, could not determine a cause of death but did not suspect foul play. Rita’s family has been unsatisfied with the help they have received and in a bold move, decided to take matters into their own hands. One-night Rita’s children and some other family members drove to the house where the remains had been discovered. As they approached the residence, they noticed the home had not been taped off or processed like you would expect in a death investigation. Already upset with what they were seeing, they decided to live stream their walk through the home onto Facebook. There are clearly some oddities in the video that brings into question how Rita died and if her case was handled properly. It should be noted that because the video was not created by proper authorities with the protection of a warrant, it would never be admissible in court. It is interesting to note however; the video showed a dark stain on the ground where Rita had been discovered. There was also a large piece of heavy-duty construction paper that had been used to cover the remains, stains on the walls that appeared to be blood and Rita’s shoes were still laying on the ground. A spokesperson for the FBI has stated they are aware of the death but are not investigating it as part of the Bennett, Jones and Oxendine case.
Rita Maynor does not match the other victims, being much older but the other similarities in which she was discovered do. Again, we see an abandoned home, something covering the remains, and no cause of death could be determined. It is also odd to note that Maynor was discovered in the town of Pembroke, the same town Sara Graham was travelling to the morning she vanished.
It is unclear if the town of Lumberton, North Carolina has one preparator lurking about or many. Some of these cases do in fact bare similarities to one another. The three disappearances of Lewis, Lowery, and Graham are interesting, in part because all three females are of Native-American decent. They, like Abby Lynn Patterson vanished while walking or driving. Lewis’s and Lowery’s disappearance and background are not as well documented as they occurred in 2004 and 2005 but all the other females mentioned in part one and part two have struggled with drug addiction or were known sex workers. All six remains that were discovered bare the most similarities as they were found in or on abandoned properties, their bodies were obscured and the cause of death could not be determined.
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