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2006 Top Newsmakers: Michelle Bullard Disappearance

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Bullard's Mom: Investigators Didn't Initially Take Case Seriously
BROADWAY, N.C. — (Oct. 18) A hunter walking through an old cemetery stumbled across the remains of a Lee County woman who authorities said was kidnapped during an apparent home invasion on Jan. 2.

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.

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