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Investigators Probe Links Between Missing Woman, Suicide Victim

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LEE COUNTY, N.C. — Detectives looking for a missing Lee County woman are not sure if a man's suicide is tied to the case, but they are not ruling out the possibility.

Authorities believe that David Wilson took his own life a few hours after they say Michelle Bullard was allegedly kidnapped from a friend's home.

"There are many rumors," said Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins. "There are many, as we say, 'He said, she said' statements.

Investigators kept Wilson's truck, clothes and other belongings to further examine, but are not saying why.

While it is unclear whether Wilson and Bullard knew each other, they may have both been in a local convenience store the night before her disappearance and his death. Investigators took surveillance video from a convenience store to examine whether it shows Wilson and Bullard inside the store.

Bullard's family is not yet drawing conclusions, but Wilson's relatives are defending him.

In 1975, at age 17, Wilson pleaded guilty to a homicide that occurred during a bar fight. In 1980, he escaped from prison in North Carolina and was later caught in Michigan. He was paroled in 1998 and parole ended in 2003.

According to his sister, Diane Myatt, Wilson had turned his life around and she "prays he had nothing to do with (Bullard's disappearance)."

Meanwhile, investigators continue to follow leads in Bullard's disappearance and plan to do more ground searches, if needed.

Since Bullard's disappearance, investigators and volunteers from more than a dozen agencies have searched for a week in both Harnett and Lee counties. Detectives say they have answered very few question about the case.


Jason Stoogenke, Reporter
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