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Missing Holly Springs woman found; ex-boyfriend arrested

Posted June 9, 2008

— Shelly Pannell, the Holly Springs woman whose ex-boyfriend allegedly abducted her from her home Sunday, was found at about 2 a.m. Monday at a Sleep Inn in Henderson.

She was taken to a hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Police arrested her ex-boyfriend, Earnest Lee Bryant, 25, at the motel. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping, assault and breaking into Pannell's home on New Hill Road.

He was being held on $153,000 bond. Police listed Holly Springs and Henderson addresses for Bryant.

Bryant has an arrest record and has been known to carry a firearm, police said. He was in the Wake County Jail on Monday. A first court appearance was scheduled that same day.

Police issued a statewide alert for Pannell on Sunday after discovering there were signs of a break-in at her house.

After interviewing Pannell’s family, police began issuing alerts to law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the car Bryant was believed to be driving, a turquoise 2005 Toyota Highlander.

In response, Apex police said a motorist had reported seeing the vehicle about 11 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 1 headed north. A man inside the vehicle appeared to be acting aggressively toward a female, the witness told Apex police.


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  • clickclackity2 Jun 9, 2008

    Glad the witness saw them or she would probably be dead by now. Also, she doesn't need to run away from him..he'll still find her. She needs to get herself some protection and I don't mean that piece of paper that means absolutely nothing to crazy people.

  • Godschild43 Jun 9, 2008

    Glad she was found prayer's answerd.

  • rlewis Jun 9, 2008

    If only this person could've been served up some supervised probation Durham-style, this would've all been avoided.

  • ptahandatum Jun 9, 2008

    Yep, Zeus sure helped keep this woman from getting hurt or worse treatment.

  • burkettjr26 Jun 9, 2008

    I am so glad that she is safe, we are very close friends. I was stunned when I saw the story on the news. I hope she never has a run in with that guy ever again.

  • bomanicous Jun 9, 2008

    Glad she's safe for now. With his record and history of violent crimes I think his bail is way too low. She needs to get as far away from this 'nut' while she can, he's eventualy going to go too far.


  • Adelinthe Jun 9, 2008

    Thanking God she is safe.

    Praying the boyfriend finds justice - swift and harsh, so that this woman can be safe in the future.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Maddie girl Jun 9, 2008

    just another with a record and free to keep adding to it !!!

  • Tired Of Excuses Jun 9, 2008

    Glad they found her.

  • TheAdmiral Jun 9, 2008

    That is cute - I wonder if she did a background check on him.