Tragic end to missing woman case

Published 10:03 am Tuesday, September 29, 2015


GASTON – The body of a Northampton County woman missing since Sept. 17, perhaps earlier, was found deceased in her wrecked vehicle near here last week.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper K.S. Rizzuto said investigation shows Vicki Brewer Wright, 64, of Henrico, traveled straight through a curve on Highway 46 near Cal Floyd Road and went off the right side of the road. He said the vehicle collided with a tree and rolled over. It’s not clear whether the impact of collision caused her death.

Rizzuto added that the investigation shows the wreck may have occurred on Sept. 10, the last day she was seen.

“There was video of her at one of the area shopping centers and she was wearing the same clothes (as described later in a Silver Alert issued Sept. 17).”

The trooper said a passing crop duster pilot noticed the car in a ditch estimated to be at least 8- to 10-feet deep. The tires of her vehicle were between 38- to 39-feet from the edge of the road.

“It was so far down that the average (passing) car could not have seen it,” Rizzuto said.

The wreckage was discovered Sept. 23.

The matter remains under investigation by Roanoke Rapids, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, and Highway Patrol. An autopsy has been ordered.

While a Silver Alert was issued in Northampton County on Sept. 17, another was issued the following day in Roanoke Rapids because that’s where she was last seen, said Lt. Charles Vaught of the police department in that city.

It is known she was seen leaving Belk in Roanoke Rapids at approximately 1:38 p.m. on Sept. 10 and a neighbor saw her the day before at Walgreen’s.

“She indicated she was tired and had been on the phone most of the night before,” Vaught said.

There is no explanation why she was reported missing a week later, Vaught said.

“On the eighteenth her daughter came here. The last time she talked to her mother was on the fourth,” he noted.

The Silver Alert issued last week says Wright is believed to suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

(Lance Martin is Editor and Publisher of Permission was granted to publish this story.)