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Daughters Plead for Mother's Safe Return

Posted December 18, 2006
Updated December 19, 2006

— The daughters of a missing Lee County woman pleaded for her mother's safe return Monday evening after one of them found their mother's car abandoned in a ditch while the daughter was on her way to school.

Ashley Massa, 19, and her 15-year-old sister, Lauren, said they believed her mother, Sherry Massa, was with her estranged father, Raymond Massa, who authorities say is a person of interest in the case. Investigators said there was a history of domestic violence in the relationship.

"Daddy, if you really love her and love me and Lauren, you'll bring her back home to us as a family," said Ashley Massa. "We want our mom for Christmas. Please bring her back home safe."

Sherry Massa's 1991 Infiniti was discovered abandoned at about 7:45 a.m. near the intersection of Fire Tower Road and N.C. Highway 78.

The vehicle was in a ditch, its engine was still running and a window was broken, authorities said. Investigators believe that Massa's car was forced off the road by another vehicle.

Massa, 38, left for work at Static Control Components Inc. at about 6:30 a.m., the daughters told investigators.

Sherry and Raymond Massa have been separated for about two years, and Sherry Massa had a restraining order issued against him two weeks ago, according to the Lee County Clerk of Courts Office.

Investigators have not been able to locate Raymond Massa either.

"He is a person of interest in this case, and we would like to locate him and speak with him," Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said. "There is a possibility (that she is with him)."

Raymond Massa drives a 1991 black Dodge Dakota with North Carolina license plate VTC-9179, authorities said. Anyone with information in the case should call 911.

"We love her, we miss her – we love you, too," Ashley Massa pleaded. "But if you have her, just please bring her back home, please. We'll do anything. I would trade places with her if I could."

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  • tabandpj Dec 19, 2006

    Ashley and Lauren I hope and pray that you find your Mom soon.Just remember shes a strong person and she loves you both and she`s going to do every thing she can to get back to yall.You girls be strong!God bless you both. Yall are in alot of peoples thoughts and prayers.. Suzanne

  • thelaforge Dec 19, 2006

    To all the family of sherry massa Ashely Lauren'who i rember as nooney ,Lib, Darrel, Amy though i havent seen you all in many yrs i have thought of you all often i couldnt belive when i saw this on the news yesterday pls know that all my thoughts and prays our with you in bringing sherry home safe and sound!!!!!i pray that all is well... Davina Barnes

  • kila Dec 19, 2006

    Ashley and Lauren, know that my thoughts and prayers are with at this difficult time. I hope your mom is found and all is well with her.

  • jamandbread Dec 19, 2006

    There were 52 domestic violence deaths in NC alone. How many more women who file restraining orders will end up missing, abused physically and emotionaly, or dead. I pray they will find her alive and well.

  • kbinkley Dec 19, 2006

    I am praying for Ms. Massa's safe return.