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Johnston County authorities seek missing woman, 31

Posted July 17, 2008

— The Johnston County Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing woman.

Kelli Woolard, 31, was last seen on July 11 driving a silver 2007 Jeep Liberty with a vanity plate that reads "HAPPIRN.”

She's 5 feet 7 inches tall with brown hair and green eyes.

Woolard has a scar on the left side of her face, a tattoo on her lower back of a three-leaf clover and a frog tattoo on her left shoulder.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said they do not suspect foul play in Woolard's disapperance.

Anyone with information should call 919-989-5000.


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  • jbroome Jul 18, 2008

    Just saw her jeep on falls of neuse headed south. Called johnston county sheriff with the info.

    sorry about the photo quality, i only had my cellphone camera.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jul 18, 2008

    Sounds like this story still has the potential for a happy ending. Hopefully her car is found in the parking lot of a treatment center and not in a ditch.

  • Snickers Jul 18, 2008

    Found this on another web site...

    Her mom says Kelli called one of her friends the evening she was last seen and said the following: "She said, 'Chrissy, I need for you to call Clint. I've relapsed. I love Clint and Taylor, and I'm not coming home," Whealton said.

    According to her mom, Kelli had struggled years ago with an addiction to prescription medication and had at one point quit her job while going through a rehab program.

    Cathy Whealton thought her daughter was doing well, but now, there are fears, triggered by that phone call, that Kelli may have been having problems again.

    Kelli's cell phone has been off since Saturday and she hasn't used her debit card since then either, her family says.
    Her husband, Clint, is extremely distraught, Whealton says. "She adores her husband. He is a good, good man."

    Investigators aren't saying much -- they are dealing with this as a missing person

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 18, 2008

    Oh gosh folks! Be careful what you say or the "sophisticated ladies" of Cary will descend on you like banshees screeching "abuse" & "show some respect"! This poor gal needs to be hunted for in Johnston & Wake & surrounding counties... quick! Sounds like she mentioned some "trouble" to her family which would motivate LE in... well, you know the special lil place...
    Hope she's found alive & well but it sounds grim now.

  • ksjxtra Jul 18, 2008

    A co-worker of mine said that she had seen the car and the license plate of the this missing woman in the Lillington Area. She called the JCSD and they didn't seem to want to take her information. This person is a very honest person, she would not have called them if she had not thought it to be important. Are they really looking for this woman or not? Maybe if she were from Cary we could get someone interested in the Nurse.

  • bunncheergirl Jul 17, 2008

    Kelli's family does love her very much. They are very close and have always been that way. Please don't say things and make assumptions about the situation that is now why this story was brought to the public's attention. If you have any information about kelli please contact the number listed on the story... if not then please don't use her and her family for arguments and discussions about things that have nothing to do with helping find her. These things hurt the ones who know and love her. There is more information about her and the situation on another site. simply search her name and you will find it. Please keep Kelli and her family in her prayers. Pray that Kelli makes it back home safe!

  • anne53ozzy Jul 17, 2008

    Something is incomplete and seems insincere in this posting by police about this woman...Also, no follow up, no pleas from family or friends.....I hope I am right in thinking she has taken leave for her own reasons and will return

  • teacher-mom Jul 17, 2008

    I hope they find her alive.

  • mmania Jul 17, 2008

    I will post this again because I beleive it to be releavent.
    People shouldn't point fingers so fast without think about this.

    I previously wrote:
    What I find interesting is it may have nothing to do with the wealth of a person, but how much those who started looking for Nancy Cooper actually knew about her situation. She may have told those people certain details about what was going on for them to react so quickly.

  • bomanicous Jul 17, 2008

    'Where are the live shots of thousands of people handing out millions of flyers? Where is the land, air, and water search. why isn't this in the top box like the last one. Is is because she isn't rich, or because she isn't from Cary. Why the delay in coverage?'

    Maybe it has something to do with the circumstances and possibities. I noticed the Cooper case hit the media within a couple of hours of her disappearance which is very unusual. I'm sure the authorities have their reasons for handling EACH case by procedure before sounding alarms and getting the media involved. I'd bet most cases hit the media long before the authorities are ready to deal with the 'circus', distractions and stupid questions.

    I know they don't check the person's bank account to see if they are worth looking for, some people are just clueless.