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Family Members Help Search For Missing Fayetteville Woman

Posted July 1, 2003

— A 76-year-old Fayetteville woman has been missing for five days. Her family fears the worst.

Police said Elsie Hales, 76, was last seen Friday in the east part of town. She was supposed to pick up her great-granddaughter from work, but never showed up.

Hales was in her silver 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage. The car, with N.C. licence tag PPZ 4187, is missing a left front hubcap. Hales is a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing dark pants and a white top.

Fayetteville police said they do not know if Hales was a victim of crime or had a medical emergency on the road. She has diabetes and high blood pressure and sometimes suffers from vertigo.

Family members hope for her safe return.

"I feel in my heart she's alive, but I feel in my heart someone has her and she's scared and she wants to come home," said John Holmes, Hales' grandson.

Holmes and other relatives have driven all over east Fayetteville looking for Hales' car. They have also been handing out and posting flyers.

"The more people that know about it, the quicker we'll find information," he said.

Holmes was one of the last family members to talk with his grandmother and said nothing seemed out of the ordinary. He said she would not just leave her family.

"She's the cornerstone, the foundation, the glue that holds us all together," he said.

Anyone with information about Hales' disappearance is asked to call Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1530.


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