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Authorities Find More Belongings Connected To Missing Lee County Woman

Posted January 23, 2006
Updated December 31, 2006

— Cumberland County sheriff's deputies have uncovered additional items believed to have been taken during a home invasion and kidnapping of a 23-year-old Lee County woman earlier this month.

On Sunday, deputies returned to a remote location off Bogie Island Road in Cumberland County after search crews found a wallet that contained identification of a woman who was inside the home where authorities believe Michelle Bullard was kidnapped. The woman whose wallet was found Sunday, however, was not kidnapped.

Investigators also found two check stubs with Bullard's name on them, a white pair of women's socks, an Army-issued ski mask, and a handbag, which authorities said may not be related to Bullard's disappearance.

On Friday, a man found a woman's wallet -- with Bullard's identification card inside -- in a ditch on the same stretch of road, authorities said.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said divers would return to the scene Monday to continue the search and that the search will continue until all leads are exhausted.

Investigators believe that in the early-morning of Jan. 2, a masked man took Bullard at gunpoint from a Sanford home where she had been visiting.

For more than three weeks, investigators and volunteers have searched for Bullard in Lee and Harnett counties, but exhaustive searches have led to very little clues.

A $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone who has information leading to an arrest or Bullard's recovery.

Anyone with information that may help solve the case is urged to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500.

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