BAKERSVILLE-Mitchell County law enforcement said there could be a break in the case of Lisa Ann Robbins, a former Ashe County resident who was last seen in early October.
Donald Street, Mitchell County’s Sheriff, said Wednesday afternoon his agency is sending evidence to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to be examined for DNA.
“The evidence appears to be bones,” Street said.
Street would not, however, confirm whether or not he believed the evidence may be related to Robbins.
Robbins, 49, was a longtime Ashe County resident. She moved to Mitchell County earlier this year and was last seen on Oct. 3, according to family members.
After weeks of no communication with Robbins, her family members filed a missing person report with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 23, which launched an investigation into the matter.
Street also confirmed shortly before 4 p.m. on Nov. 4, that McDowell County Law Enforcement had taken Cecil Scott Byrd – who Street called Robbins’ boyfriend – into custody in another case.
On Nov. 4, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office named Byrd as a person of interest in the disappearance of Sarah Denise Riddle, 45. She was reported missing on Nov. 1, in McDowell County.
“We’re working with the State Bureau of Investigation and McDowell County, following up leads on the possibility that both these missing girls are connected,” Street said. “Foul play could be involved, and right now it doesn’t look good, but it’s still under investigation.”
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