Search continues for missing toddler Casey Hathaway

Volunteer support poured in by the hundreds Wednesday morning to help search for three-year-old missing toddler, Casey Hathaway in Craven County.

So many volunteers showed up today, authorities are now managing volunteers at a staging area to transport to needed search areas. The location for volunteers is 2755 Aurora Rd at New Havens Church gym.

Deputies said Casey Hathaway went missing from his grandmother’s home, in Ernul, around 1:45 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd where he was outside with two other young children. The other two returned inside the home from playing outside in the backyard.

Officials said the grandmother and several others searched for Casey for 45 minutes before calling 911.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes said his deputies have not ruled out any possibilities in the boy’s disappearance, including “abduction or kidnapping.” However, the FBI, who is assisting in the investigation, said they have no reason to believe the boy didn’t just walk away and is now lost.

Live Stream afternoon conference with Sheriff Chip Hughes

Craven co. temperatures reached below freezing, with lows in the 20s for over 6 hours last night according to the NWS database.

Casey is 2’4″, weighs 25 pounds, has strawberry blonde hair, and brown eyes.

BREAKING: Missing Craven Co. 3 year-old boy.

Casey Hathaway, age 3, was reported missing from his grandmother’s home on Toler Rd. in Ernul, NC around 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Casey Hathaway, age 3

Casey was outside playing in the yard with two other children and was discovered missing when the other children came inside and Casey was nowhere to be found. They searched the rural, wooded area for 45 minutes and called the police when Casey couldn’t be located.

He is 3 ft tall, with strawberry blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue coat and dark colored pants. The temperatures are expected to drop overnight and Casey isn’t dressed appropriately.

Casey Hathaway, age 3

If anyone lives in the area, please ask neighbors to check any trail cams or security cameras on their property.

If you see or find Casey, please dial 9-11 or call Craven Co. Sheriff’s Department immediately at (252) 636-6620.

UPDATE: FOUND SAFE AMBER ALERT NC: MT. AIRY 12yr old boy, Anthony Diaz abducted

UPDATE: Amber has been cancelled as of 3:30 PM Sunday.

There’s no information about the abductor at this time.

Anthony Manuel Diaz, age 12 reportedly last seen Jan 6, 2019 in Mount Airy, NC. Police reported that that Diaz went missing from the 900 block of Willow Street.

Diaz is described as a Hispanic male approximately 4’7″ tall weighing approximately 78 pounds he has short curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue and gray pajamas with a shark on the shirt.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, com mount airy police at 336-786-3535, 9-11 or *HP

Anthony M. Diaz, 12. Photo Cred. NCMEC

An amber alert was released this morning for a child abduction.

Rayne Wilson still missing after a month

In Dec. 2018, The Onslow Beat published a story on 15-year-old Rayne Wilson who was reported missing out of Columbus County, NC. She was last seen getting off of a school bus and into a gold car on Nov. 19 at about 3:15pm at the Bolton youth center.

The Onslow Beat published on Dec. 15 on social media (Facebook) the missing person’s information and photo that rapidly gained over 1,000 shares. From that, a Facebook profile by the name of “Rayne Wilson” commented on the post a few days after many people began sharing in concern and she quickly deleted those comments. This Rayne Wilson profile also began to communicate with The Onslow Beat via messenger on the network. Immediately all proper channels of communicating with authorities were attempted as mandated to report by law.

What we have learned from a phone interview shortly after the initial story, with a close family member that Rayne’s mother is alleged to be battling addiction and her father is alleged to be incarcerated for drug related charges. Additionally, in the conversation with Ms. Wilson, she confirmed this as she was vocal about this as well.

Wilson expressed that, “DSS made my life hell!” This is often the case emotionally for many teenagers who are forced into foster care situations. Wilson allegedly was living with her grandmother where there was a matter of conflict in regards to her ability to remain there in some light. It is believed that this is the root cause of her running away.

In the matter of the juvenile contacting The Onslow Beat directly, contact for follow ups and updates have been maintained with Columbus County Sheriff’s Dept. to hopefully see this young lady provided the help she needs and ensure a safe, productive environment.

Last week in a phone interview with Chief Herring of Columbus County Sheriff’s Dept., following much conversation with Det. DiCicco who’s the investigator of this case, he reported that there have been numerous avenues taken find Rayne Wilson with no success at that time.

“As of Friday, law enforcement still has been unable to located Ms. Wilson.  An outside agency assisted us last week with attempting to locate her at a possible address but they were unable to locate her.  We are still actively searching for Ms. Wilson and are receiving assistance from other agencies in the areas that she is known to visit.” -Chief Herring.

There is still an open and active missing persons report for Rayne Wilson. If you have any information on her whereabouts, see her or have experienced a sighting, please contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department and speak with Det. A. DiCicco.

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office

805 Washington Street

Whiteville, NC  28472

Phone: (910) 642-6551

Fax: (910) 642-4321

MISSING CHILD: Columbus Co. NC- Rayne Wilson.

15-year-old Rayne Wilson was last seen getting off a school bus and into a gold car on November 19 at about 3:15 p.m. at the youth center in Bolton. She was last seen wearing a white polo uniform shirt and khaki pants and a dark colored jacket.

Rayne was last seen getting into a gold automobile of an unknown make and model at the Bolton Youth Center Nov. 19, Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said.

Rayne Wilson, age 15 Missing. Columbus County, NC

The hispanic female weighs 90 lbs., and has long dark hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a white polo school uniform shirt, khaki pants, and a dark jacket.

She was last seen in the company of Jacob Caulder, age 19, whose whereabouts are also unknown.

Missing person: (Juvenille) Rayne Wilson

Missing Since: Nov.19, 2018

Missing From: Lake Waccamaw, NC

DOB: Feb. 20, 2003

Age Now: 15 years old

Sex: female

Race: white

Ethnicity: Hispanic

Hair Color: brown

Eye Color: Brown


Weight115 lbs

Rayne was last seen on November 19, 2018. She may travel to Wilmington, North Carolina. @findourmissing_nc #ncmissingchildren #ncmissingperson #ncmissing

Anyone with information on Rayne Wilson’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective DiCicco at Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (910) 642-6551.

UPDATE FOUND SAFE!! Missing teen out of Spindale, NC #BriannaBradley

Missing Person: UPDATE FOUND SAFE and home with family.

Brianna Bradley

Spindale Police currently investigating a missing person case.

Missing: Brianna Bradley, 18 y.o. of Farmside Dr. Forest City, NC

Brianna Bradley

Last seen: ICC Foundation Building, 286 ICC Loop Rd. Spindale, NC. 12/4/2018

Last seen wearing pink pants and a grey jacket, her hair was in a bun style and wearing fake black-framed glasses. She left on foot unknown direction of travel.

Brianna’s mother expressed great concern over social media that she has some medical history giving higher concern than that of most missing persons reports over the age of 18 which is the legal adult age in the state of NC.

Brianna Bradley

Anyone with information is urged to please contact Spindale police department immediately at 286-3464 or call Rutherford County Comm. Center at 286-2911.

Aubrey Joelle Acree FOUND ALIVE AND SAFE in Oklahoma and one man arrested

Aubrey has been missing out of Rutherford Co. NC since Sunday.  Reports of surveillance footage showed a white Subaru hatchback to be the suspected vehicle after a silver alert was issued for Acree.
The FBI and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office found Acree safe and alive in Checotah, Oklahoma just before 11p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Troopers with the OK Highway Patrol and special agenstand task force officers with FBI Oklahoma City Field Office found Aubrey and arrested 23 year-old Jacob Gardea of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gardea is facing charges in the state of North Carolina for child abduction. Additional charges could be pending.


Aubrey Joelle Acree


Investigative work by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the SBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the National Center fcor Missing and Exploited Children, and the Norht Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles led to the exact identity of the vehicle of interest. Additional investigative work aided in pinpointing the location of the vehicle and additional law enforcement partners through other states were deployed to  assist in the successful recovery of the victim more than 900 miles away from her natural home.


Jacob Gardea


Aubrey’s family has been notified and arrangements will be made in the near future to return her home to her loved ones in North Carolina. This investigation is still ongoing.

Law enforcement is grateful to a keen eyewitness who helped begin the investigation with a strong lead that gives us all this joyous and relieving outcome tonight.

Will share more details as they come available.

MISSING TEEN: Swansboro, NC needs medication on a stable regime.

RELEASE DATE: 9/4/2018


Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit is asking for the public’s help locating a missing teen.

On September 3, 2018, deputies responded to a residence on Peninsula Manor Road in Hubert for a report that Rebeka Nicole Montoya was missing. Miss Montoya left the residence that morning at approximately 9:00am and hasn’t been heard from since. Rebecca has medical issues which require medication. Her mother Elizabeth Burns stated in a plea urging people to help, “This is my daughter. She is in need of her meds it can be life or death if she isn’t back on them ASAP she hasn’t had them since Saturday.”

Rebeka is an 18-year-old white female listed as approximately 5’4 in height, 149 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black blouse with red lips on the front, pink and gray leggings and black and pink Jordan sneakers. Later the same day, she was seen at the Food Lion in Hubert, NC getting into a red SUV (shown below) occupied by two white males, one with long hair.

If you see Rebeka, or have information of her whereabouts, please contact the Special Victims’ Unit at 910-455-3113, or Lt. Foy at, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018014948 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.


Holly Ridge Police Department
313 Sound Road
Holly Ridge, NC 28445
(910) 329-4076
RELEASE DATE: 05/10/2018

McKena Textor, White Female, Date of Birth: July 15, 2001
Height: 5’5” Weight: 115lbs Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown

Last Seen wearing blue jeans, blue sweater and carrying a blue blanket. She may be in the company of a Bryce Teachey, 18 years of age from Hampstead.

If you have any information, contact the Holly Ridge Police Department at 910-329-4076, email Lt. Richards at , or your local law enforcement agency. Or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 and refer to case # 18-1289.

Onslow County teen missing from Pitt County. #NCMissing #FindDominic

UPDATE: 4/15/18 Dominic Lopez was found safe in Pitt County.

On April 14, 2018 an Onslow County mother’s worst nightmare began just as she was returning from a cruise. Dominic Lopez, the 13 year old son of Jeanette Rivera was at an inpatient facility originally in SC and in a step down phase in transition as he was nearing the step to come home. While at the step down facility in Greenville NC, Dominic Lopez went missing.

Dominic’s mother, Jeanette Rivera tells us that the facility gave one time to her and another to law enforcement in matter of the time Dominic was last seen. A huge difference in time lapse, first it was 10am and then it was reported to have misspoke and actually 10pm. That’s a twelve hour difference and it gets even more interestingly concerning, his mother wasn’t notified until nearly 11:30pm. The facility isn’t certain of what he was last seen wearing, uncertain of exact belongings he could have taken beyond hygiene items and Legos.

Dominic had a history of sexual abuse as a small child prior prior to adoptive parenting when marrying Dominic’s father. She has worked for years through the avenues of proper therapeutic treatment for him to thrive in life.

Pitt County Sheriff’s Dept has not issued an Amber alert, they believe this is just another runaway.