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Progress Energy Offers Reward For Info. On Missing Employee

Posted August 27, 2006
Updated December 31, 2006

— The employer of a Wake County woman who disappeared this week is now offering a reward for information on her whereabouts.

Progress Energy announced Saturday that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that helps authorities find Cynthia Moreland, who disappeared from a downtown Raleigh parking deck Tuesday morning on her way to work.

Antonio Chance, 29, was arrested Friday and charged with kidnapping and obtaining property by false pretenses in connection with Moreland's disappearance. Chance was identified by police as the man who visited a nearby Dollar General Store and tried to use Moreland's debit card shortly after her disappearance.

Chance and Moreland are not believed to have known each other prior to the alleged kidnapping, said police. They would not say if they believe a single person kidnapped Moreland.

Authorities said late Friday that they have looked at potential search sites in Wake, Durham and Chatham counties during their investigation.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that some of the sites have been searched and more sites are being determined as information about Chance and the alleged kidnapping is obtained.

Police also released pictures of Moreland's 1998 Toyota Camry that were taken after it was found on Malta Avenue on Wednesday morning.

Sughrue said Chance is believed to have been driving the vehicle when he attempted to use Moreland's debit card.

Moreland, of Wendell, has been employed by Progress Energy since 1980 and is a technical design specialist in the company's distribution department. A spokesman for the company said that it's the company's hope that the reward will motivate people with potential leads in the case to contact authorities.

Anyone with information on Moreland's whereabouts or anyone who might have seen the vehicle on Tuesday morning has been asked to contact authorities at 919-890-3555.


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