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NC Wanted: 19 years later, N.C. State student still missing

Posted May 7

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— A North Carolina State University student vanished in 1997 while on summer break in San Francisco, and authorities are still no closer to finding out what happened.

A tree was planted outside of Kristen Modafferi’s high school in Charlotte as a sign of support for her parents, who long for answers in their daughter’s disappearance.

“Without that, I think you wind up feeling down at times, thinking how long we keep on doing this,” said Modafferi’s father, Bob.

Kristen Modafferi was last seen leaving her job at a coffee house in San Francisco 19 years ago.

“She wanted to do something creative,” said Kristen Modafferi’s mother, Debbie. “Interested in life and people. [She] believed in people and the goodness of people.”

Last year, a cadaver dog — trained to find human remains — signaled to his handlers at the home where Modafferi stayed in Oakland.

“As far as I’m concerned with the dog, 100 percent it’s human decomposition,” said private investigator Paul Dostie.

Investigators gathered soil samples from the backyard and the basement, but 11 months have passed and there’s still no mention of a link to Modafferi’s disappearance.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Modafferi is asked to call the NC Wanted hotline at 1-866-439-2683. There is a cash reward for information that helps solve the case.


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