Former Triangle Resident Claims She Spoke With Missing Cary Store Clerk
Posted December 2, 1999
RALEIGH — What happened to Cary convenience store clerk Larry Jones? That question has baffled friends, family and authorities.
Friday, WRAL had an exclusive interview with a woman who says she has talked with the missing clerk since his disappearance nearly two years ago.
Lisa Pelletier now lives in Memphis, Tenn. She used to live in the Triangle, and back in June she was at a convention at a casino in Gulfport, Miss.
That is when she says she saw Larry Jones, and police say her sighting of Jones is the most credible to date.
"I worked in a veterinary clinic next to where he worked for seven years, and I was in that convenience store every day I worked. Larry and I had many years of conversations. I am 100 percent sure it was Larry," said Pelletier.
Pelletier says her casino conversation with Jones lasted about two minutes. Pelletier says the store clerk and avid bass fisherman looked healthy and was maybe a few pounds lighter.
"The conversation wasn't that long, and I guess I was kind of shocked to see him," said Pelletier.
However, it was still a strange meeting.
"I stepped into the casino and just walked right into Larry. I said, 'Hello Larry,' and he said hello to me. Then we had a conversation," said Pelletier.
The two engaged in small talk mostly about Pelletier. They said "good-bye," and Jones left the casino.
"Towards the end of our conversation, he seemed like he wanted to get away from me before I started asking questions I guess," explained Pelletier.
Pelletier doubts Jones knew that she knew he was missing. She was afraid to bring that up, and now she regrets it.
"I really wish that I would have asked him to sit down and talk and see what was going on. I mean hindsight is 20-20, but I really wish I would have asked him to sit down and talk to me," said Pelletier.
Cary Police have other leads they are working on besides Pelletier's sighting. Last month, police found Jones' truck in a remote part of western Kentucky known for its bass fishing.
That further feeds into the theory that Jones left Cary on his own. Early on, many people feared someone kidnapped Jones.