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Family Seeks Answers in Fayetteville Disappearance

Posted December 6, 2006

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— Ruthie Scott would rather not show the world the worried look on her face, or the tears in her eyes. It's the story of her daughter, Alfreda Jones, that she wants the world to know.

"We shop together. We go to lunch together. And we just used to hang out together," Scott said.

Scott and Jones shopped and went to a Chinese buffet restaurant together on Veteran's Day weekend. But she hasn't heard from her daughter since.

"I pray, and pray some more. And cry a little, and pray some more," Scott said.

Jones' twin sister stopped by her apartment off Bunce Road in Fayetteville on Thanksgiving night, only to find the furniture turned over, blood on the carpet and no sign of Jones.

Fayetteville police have said very little about the investigation. They have not given any theories as to what might have happened or why. They will only say they're treating the case as a missing person in danger.

Police said they do have some leads in the case, and they will continue to interview neighbors and relatives.

"I think about it sometimes and wonder, and I say, 'Well, did somebody hurt her? Or did she hurt someone else?' I don't know. I really don't know," said Scott.

Neighbors said they saw Jones a couple of days before Thanksgiving. It's been longer for her mother, who last spoke with her on the phone, wishing her good luck with a job interview at a hotel and telling her that she loved her.

"That's my biggest concern, that she's OK," Scott said. "I hope and pray that she is."


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