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Sampson authorities seek missing mom, boy

Posted January 7, 2009

— Sampson County authorities are looking for a woman and her son who have not been seen at their Salemburg home since Sunday evening.

A family member reported Mary Esther Avellaneda, 38, and Jose Andres Avellaneda, 13, missing. The two left the home in a car with Avellaneda's estranged husband, Jose Cruz Avellaneda, at about 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the report. Family members grew concerned when Jose Avellaneda returned to the home alone.

He was seen driving a 1995, four-door, white, Chevrolet Lumina with N.C. license plate XZX-8054.

Family members told sheriff's deputies that the couple had been living apart. Jose Avellaneda has refused to talk with authorities about where his wife and son might be.

The Sampson County sheriff’s office is asking that anyone who has information about where the woman and boy could be call 910-592-4141.


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  • Crocus Jan 9, 2009

    I hope that the mother and son are in a safe place. Hopefully this story will have a happy ending and we won't find out that the estranged husband harmed them.

  • teacher-mom Jan 8, 2009

    I hope the Mom and son are okay. The father/husband needs to tell the truth. I would lock him up. Can the police do that?

  • msmac0622 Jan 7, 2009

    I am hoping this story will not turn out like many others that have plagued the news. I am sick of hearing about these men who are cowards, and can't walk away from a relationship that is no longer one of love. I pray the mom & her son are found safe.

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  • familyfour Jan 7, 2009

    I hope they find the wife and child safe, and I will be so happy when people start getting treated like people instead of animals.....I really don't care if they have a passport or not....don't mean they should be abused, harmed, or treated inhumanely, by anyone, anywhere.

    Those pictures really say a lot.....neither of them look like very happy people.....I hope they are okay.

  • bs101fly Jan 7, 2009

    let it aggravate you then, it's still MOST LIKELY the reality!
    put him next to Brad, there's plenty of room at the husband's gone bad jail!

  • whocares Jan 7, 2009

    I have a really bad feeling about this. I just hope I am wrong and that everyone is OK, but I don't think so.

  • Scubagirl Jan 7, 2009

    This doesn't look good for mom and son. Hope I'm wrong but if they were safe I think dad would say so.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Jan 7, 2009

    passports... heellllooooo

    it was a joke about the passports people. wake up!

    @ ol forrester- you just may be right on this one.

  • Adelinthe Jan 7, 2009

    So sad and worrisome for the true loved ones.

    Praying the mom and child are safe.

    Praying God will touch the man's heart with tenderness so he will reveal what he knows about them.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB