UPDATE: Search for missing Charlotte woman continues after her car was found at Lake Wylie

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Missing Person Unit is continuing their investigation into the disappearance of Vatsla Watkins.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Missing Person Unit is continuing their investigation into the disappearance of Vatsla Watkins.

Friday, March 22, 2019 at around 8:30 a.m., officers in the Steele Creek Division located the victim’s vehicle near the 16300 block of York Road.  Officers on scene partnered with the CMPD’s Missing Person Unit, Aviation Unit, Canine Unit, Lake Unit and CFD to canvass the area in attempts to locate Ms. Watkins.  At approximately 5:00 p.m., this search concluded; however, the victim was not located.  Detectives with the Missing Person Unit are continuing their efforts in locating Ms. Watkins. Consultation with Charlotte Fire will make decisions on search efforts for tomorrow, Saturday, March 23rd.

Anyone who sees or has information about Vatsla Watkins is asked to call 911 immediately. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  Detective Tuttle is the assigned detective for this case and his number is 704-336-8340.


In a press release issued Monday evening after anticipation from supporters in the community, Phil Law formally announced on his campaign page on the social media network, Facebook that he was in fact going to be a candidate in the 3rd district congressional race.

This comes in light of Rep. Walter B. Jones being absent from duties since Sept. 2018 with an undisclosed illness and potential retirement from office.

Phil Law is an Onslow county businessman and Marine corps combat veteran, he will formally announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District Tuesday evening at the Onslow County GOP Executive Committee meeting at the Golden Corral in Jacksonville.

Law will stress the need to combat illegal immigration, address the ever-increasing federal debt effects on a stagnant eastern North Carolina economy and the need for health care reform. In addition, he will focus remarks on the need for the country to rally behind president Trump in the current battle over border security.

“President Trump is fighting for us every day and needs our support which I will stress each day on the campaign trail. We cannot allow radical Democratic officials to nullify the vote of the people through phony impeachment charges. If this is to become president Trump’s Alamo then I stand with him to the very end — win or lose,” Law said Monday evening.

Law and his wife, Erin, have three children. He makes his home in Jacksonville, NC.

CONTACT: 910-238-2417

NC Rep. Walter Jones’- illness looms lack of transparency and attendance for 2018 term

Public photo via Walter Jones FB

The AP reported Dec. 17, 2018

“North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones will miss the remainder of the current congressional term because of illness.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports the 75-year-old 3rd District Republican hasn’t cast a roll call vote since Sept. 26. Jones has missed the last 27 roll call votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, including some in late September and since the House re-convened in November.

Last Tuesday, he was granted a leave of absence for the rest of 2018. His office said Jones plans to return to Washington on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress, but offered no specifics on Jones’ illness. No one from his office responded for a request for additional comment Monday.

Jones’ district includes Kinston, Greenville, New Bern and the northern half of the coast.”

The House voted to approve the 2018 farm bill on Dec. 12, though many of the votes Jones has missed have been ceremonial, such as renaming a wildlife refuge and adding to the National Register of Historic Places.

Congress faces a potential government shutdown Friday over funding for a border wall, and Republicans lose control of House next year.

Jones missed 7.7 percent of House votes in 2017, ranking 48th in missed votes among the 435 members, according to GovTrack, a website that tracks federal legislation.

Conservative voters are stating feelings of deception behind this, assuming whatever the illness is, it was known and Jones still entered the race as incumbent and unopposed for another set term which he is unable to serve at this time.

It is injustice that Walter hasn’t been to work since September 27 and his constituents have been left in the dark about his absence. It shows a lack of transparency and respect for the people of Eastern NC.

Walter Jones should step down and let the 3rd districts executive committee consider his replacement with someone who is physically charged and qualified for the challenge. -S.O.

Jones ran unopposed in November after a win for his 12th term, in a three-way Republican primary in May. Republican challenger, Scott Dacey made an issue out of Jones’ recent years absences during the primary.

Walter Jones was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, following ten years of service as an elected member of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Congressman Jones drives home to Farmville every weekend to his wife Joe Anne and his dog, Darby. They have one daughter, Ashley.

He announced during the primary that, if elected, it would be his final term in office.

Jones’ father was a lifetime politician and died while still in office. Jones’ father — Walter B. Jones, Sr. —held a seat in the U.S. House from 1966 to 1992.

Term limits are still a conversation piece across the nation with examples as such as reasonable consideration.

If you would like to contact this congressional leader at any of his offices with concerns or complaints, contact information is below. Jones will not be returning until January 3rd.

Washington, DC Office

2333 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3415

Greenville NC Office

1105-C Corporate Drive

Greenville, NC 27858

Phone: 252-931-1003 Toll-free (in N.C. only) 800-351-1697

Fax: 252-931-1002

Havelock NC Office

1 Governmental Avenue

Havelock, NC 28532

Phone: 252-565-6846

Jacksonville NC Office

234 Northwest Corridor Blvd. Room 313B

Jacksonville, NC 28540

Phone: 252-565-6846