ROCKINGHAM — Investigators believe a woman who has been missing since Wednesday evening is still alive.
Amanda Jo Maske, 41, of Marshville, was reported missing Wednesday after family members had no contact with her for several hours that day.
“Investigators have met with members of Maske’s immediate family and confirmed that a recent telephone call placed by someone representing herself as Maske was in fact her,” Tony Underwood, public information officer for the Union County Sheriff’s Office, said in a Facebook post early Friday afternoon, between 12:30 and 1 p.m.
“Credible evidence suggests Maske left home voluntarily and is not a victim of foul play,” he continued. “However, this case remains open and active until law enforcement physically confirms her wellbeing.”
Maske was last known to be heading to her job in Raeford on Wednesday, according to investigators.
Her vehicle, a white Jeep Grand Cherokee, was found by family members at Scotty’s Bait and Tackle east of Lilesville.
On Thursday, law enforcement and first responders staged a search near the Pee Dee River bridge and surrounding wooded areas at the Richmond-Anson line.
The “exhaustive search” for clues was suspended early Thursday evening after yielding negative results, and resumed Friday morning.
Assisting the UCSO in this case have been the Richmond and Anson county sheriff’s offices, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, N.C. Emergency Management, and various fire, rescue and emergency management departments from across the area.
Investigators ask anyone who knows where Maske may be to encourage her to call Union County Sheriff’s Office at 704-283-3789.