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Fayetteville police ask residents to share surveillance footage in search for missing woman

Posted July 20

Fayetteville police are searching for a 28-year-old woman who went missing following a shooting Wednesday night.

— Fayetteville police are asking Hope Mills residents to share any home surveillance footage they may have as officers continue to search for a woman who went missing following a shooting.

Authorities said Ashley Davila, 29, and Heather Carter, 28, were at the Zip-N-Mart at 2413 Hope Mills Road on July 12 when someone began firing shots just before 4 a.m.

Davila was shot in the hand during the incident, but was able to drive away from the scene, police said.

Police said Carter was unable to get back into the car and it was unclear if she was injured.

Jimmy Lee Proffitt II, of the 3200 block of Tully Lane in Hope Mills, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the incident.

Jimmy Lee Proffitt II

Police said they have strong evidence that Proffitt, who is Carter’s ex-husband, ambushed the women, put Carter in his vehicle and fled the scene before going to Hope Mills.

Fayetteville police said they received information that Proffitt had visited a secluded area behind the Village Green and East Hampton neighborhoods in the hours immediately following the shooting.

Early Thursday morning, a 75-person team searched the area for several hours and are asking any nearby homeowners who have surveillance cameras on their property to contact Fayetteville police at 910-391-8630 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

Carter is described as being white, 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. She has red hair, brown eyes and fair skin. Authorities said she has a tattoo of the word “clover” on her ankle, a tattoo of the letter “J” on her wrist and a tattoo of the name “Heather” on her shoulder.

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