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Mother worries about missing Bragg soldier

Posted August 21, 2014 6:29 p.m. EDT

— The Army considers a Fort Bragg soldier who has been missing for seven weeks to be AWOL, but the soldier's mother fears something has happened to her daughter.

Pvt. Juliet Striped Wolf is a military intelligence soldier in the 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Bragg. Her mother last spoke with her on July 1.

"I've heard absolutely nothing, which is very unusual for her," Janel Striped Wolf said Thursday in a telephone interview from her Arizona home.

Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, spokesman for the Army's Special Operations Command, said there were no suspicious circumstances in Juliet Striped Wolf's disappearance. Still, the Army's Criminal Investigative Command, or CID, is looking into the case.

Janel Striped Wolf said her daughter was in a turbulent relationship with Amanda Lee Cardone of Brunswick County, who has a lengthy criminal record. According to court records, Cardone was arrested in Cumberland County in May on a probation violation.

"She was absolutely distraught over the phone, telling me that this young woman was tormenting her," Janel Striped Wolf said.

The two women lived in the Barrington Place Apartments in Fayetteville until recently. One neighbor recalled that Juliet Striped Wolf frequently looked upset.

"She used to be outside like she was stressed out or something," said the neighbor, who didn't want to be identified. "She always looked like something was wrong with her, but she was quiet."

WRAL News has learned that CID and authorities in Brunswick County searched a home outside of Leland on Monday. A woman who was in the home said she spoke with Cardone in June and saw Juliet Striped Wolf at that time, but she hasn't seen or heard from them since then.

The pair remains missing, and Janel Striped Wolf is desperate for answers.

"Added to what my daughter had told me in the days leading up to her going missing, that really began to alarm me as a parent," she said.