Moses family deserves closure

Published 10:28 am Thursday, March 29, 2012

No matter how many times I write about Daniel McCoy Moses, there’s just something about his case that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.

According to his family, Daniel, 58, lived a simple life. He loved fishing, occasionally hunted and was a great cook.

Daniel lived at his family’s homeplace located at 1903 W.J. Duke Service Road near the small community of Rehoboth, off NC 305 between Jackson and Rich Square.

Most who have ever been to Rehoboth will tell you there’s not much to see in the tiny community—a church that sits at the cross roads and farmland as far as the eye can see. But Rehoboth is home to several families with deep roots in the Northampton County soil, among them the Moses family.

Those serene country scenes in Rehoboth have become the backdrop to a nightmare for the Moses family.

On June 16, 2011, Daniel was last seen the morning at his home. His disappearance was only discovered after a fire tore through his home, destroying it. According to investigators, Daniel was not found inside the home or on the property, yet his vehicles remained parked in the driveway.

The circumstances surrounding Moses’ disappearance are just down right chilling.

I can’t imagine how I would feel or what I would do if Daniel was a member of my family, but I would hope I would feel the instinctual need to find him like Daniel’s sister, Shelia Moses, and other family members.

“It’s a needle in a haystack and I think we’re going to have to dig under that haystack to find out what happened to my brother,” Shelia told me in last week’s interview. “Grown, 200 pound men that have been doing karate since they were 20 years old don’t disappear; he’s not the guy you pick a fight with.”

Those quotes struck a chord with me, because they’re absolutely right. No matter what the crime shows, novels and our imaginations tell us, people just don’t disappear into thin air. Daniel Moses didn’t disappear into thin air.

He is somewhere and it’s up to everyone in the Roanoke-Chowan area to find him.

Someone out there has the answer to the mystery surrounding Daniel’s disappearance–whether it’s a small incident or observation you remember from June 16 or it’s something you over heard or know. It’s up to you to bring closure to this family–they deserve it.

Those with information about Daniel McCoy Moses whereabouts are urged to call the NCSO at (252) 534-2611 or the Northampton County Crime Stoppers Line at (252) 534-1110. The SBI can also be contacted at (800) 334-3000. All information will be kept confidential. A $10,000 reward is being offered in the case.


Amanda VanDerBroek is a Staff Writer for the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald. For comments and column suggestions email: or call (252) 332-7209.