2006 Top Newsmakers: Michelle Bullard Disappearance
Posted December 26, 2006 1:51 p.m. EST
Updated December 26, 2006 2:55 p.m. EST
In the 10 months prior to the discovery, Michelle Bullard's disappearance attracted national media attention as investigators from 12 different law-enforcement agencies and hundreds of volunteers searched in three counties for the 23-year-old.
Bullard's wallet and purse were found along a roadside in southeastern Cumberland County in late January -- about five miles from where her body was found.
Bullard died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to an autopsy report. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Authorities have no suspects in the case but earlier in the year, identified David Earl Wilson, 49, as a person of interest. He committed suicide along a Harnett County road about 19 hours after Bullard was reported missing. His family said the two incidents were unrelated.