ALERT: Fourth Woman Disappears From North Carolina Town Where 3 Others Found Dead

October 7, 2017
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The FBI is assisting in the investigations of three women whose remains were found within the last year in the same North Carolina town where a fourth woman is now missing.

ALERT: Fourth Woman Disappears From North Carolina Town Where 3 Others Found Dead

Abby Patterson, 20, told her mother she’d return in an hour when she left the family’s Lumberton, N.C., home on the morning of Sept. 5 and stepped into an old brown Buick parked outside.

Authorities are searching for the young woman — who has not been seen or heard from since — as they also probe the deaths of three other women whose bodies were found weeks apart from each other in a three-block area of Lumberton.

Abby Patterson, above, disappeared from Lumberton, N.C., on Sept. 5. (Family photo )

“At this point we don’t know if there’s a connection,” Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said of the women.

“We’re soliciting help from the community,” McNeill told Fox News. “Someone out there has information we need.”

Investigators discovered the body of Christina Bennett, 32, on April 18 inside an abandoned home in Lumberton — a city of close to 22,000 people in Robeson County. That same day, the remains of Rhonda Jones were found in a nearby trash container.

Neighborhood resident 28-year-old Megan Oxendine was interviewed by a local news station at the time Jones’ body was discovered. Weeks later, on June 3, Oxendine’s remains were found about 500 feet away from the other women’s remains.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to the victims, and police are still waiting for official autopsy reports from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh, McNeill said.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that the bureau is assisting local police with the investigations.

In the case of Patterson, police said they have identified the man last seen with the young woman, who was living in Florida and visiting her mother in Lumberton for two days when she disappeared.

“We’re still talking to him,” Lumberton Police Department Captain Terry Parker said to Fox News.

“We think it’s someone she knew, but we’re not sure,” said Parker, who did not name the man or say whether he’s considered a person of interest in the case.

Patterson is pictured in an undated family photo.

“Abby is still listed as a missing person. We’ve had reported sightings of her, but none of them have been confirmed,” he said.

The woman’s mother, meanwhile, told Fox News it was unlike her daughter to voluntarily cut all contact with her family.

“We talk or text every day,” said Samantha Lovette, Patterson’s mother. “When she didn’t come home after an hour, I called her cell phone and it went straight to voicemail.”

“We just want her home,” said Lovette, who described her daughter, the youngest of her three children, as “bubbly and free-spirited.”

“Everybody she meets, she just loves and they love her,” said Lovette.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the location of Patterson. Anyone with information on her whereabouts or on the deaths of Bennett, Jones and Oxendine is urged to call the Lumberton Police Department at (910) 671-3845.

Source: http://www.fox29.com

Proud mum Stephanie thanked doctors and the British Heart Foundation saying: “Thank you for making our baby boy’s heart whole”

Premature baby’s incredible smile hours after life-changing heart surgery despite stitches across his tiny chest

Each year, around 4,000 children in the UK are diagnosed with congenital heart disease (Image: www.bhf.org.uk)

Little Ellis lights up the room with an incredible smile – just hours after life-changing heart surgery.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for mum Stephanie who said nothing could have prepared her for the difficulties of the past few months.

She knew she was expecting a little boy to add to her family of three, and all her baby scans and post-natal checks were normal.

However, little Ellis arrived six weeks early, and there were signs that he was beginning to struggle after a few days.

X-rays found fluid on Ellis’ lungs and an Echo revealed a large ventricular septal defect (VSD) in the wall separating the two lower chambers of his heart.

A specialist cardiac consultant explained to Ellis’ parents that he would need to undergo surgery.

Little Ellis lights up the room with his fantastic smile following heart surgery (Image: www.bhf.org.uk)

Speaking about Ellis’ diagnosis, Stephanie said: “Having kids is amazing, life changing, and rarely what you’re prepared for, but nothing could prepare us for these last few months.”

Having been born premature, Ellis was too small for the operation, so he went home and returned to hospital three months later for his life changing surgery.

He spent six days in Southampton General Hospital and has since made a good recovery following the operation.

He still needs regular check-ups, but is now enjoying life as he should be.

Proud mum, Stephanie, said: “He is a happy healthy heart warrior and we will be eternally thankful to everyone at the BHF for their research, and to the hospital team for their outstanding care – thank you for making our baby boy’s heart whole.”

Each year, around 4,000 children in the UK are diagnosed with congenital heart disease.

Sadly 400 of these children will die before reaching school age.

The BHF currently funds over £28million of research into congenital heart disease and its causes which could help children like Ellis have a brighter future.

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