Police are concerned about the circumstances of a Lenoir woman’s disappearance, but they aren’t sure whether foul play was involved, according to search warrant documents filed Tuesday.
April Michelle Reid, 36, was reported missing by a relative on March 20 after not hearing from her since Feb. 28, but friends at first told police that she might have gone to Wilmington or Columbia, South Carolina, Detective Drew Greene wrote in an affidavit.
But police later received a call from a health care worker who said that Reid was a client and was overdo in getting in contact. She added that she had checked Reid’s apartment and found it in a state of disarray, which was unusual, so she took photos of the apartment to document what she found.
Reid’s sister later checked the apartment, and it appeared someone had gone into the apartment and moved things around, Greene wrote.
Greene also found that Reid had been in contact with a man who has been in the past charged with serious felonies, including first-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to kill.
Greene spoke to that man, who said he gave Reid money for travel, but he also described recent arguments between Reid and someone else.
Greene also tried to find Reid by tracking her cellphone through her cell service provider but was told that Reid’s phone was “not registered” for the previous two weeks, indicating that Reid did not pay her bill and no longer had service.
Greene tried to track down Reid’s friends in South Carolina, and he eventually posted on the Lenoir Police Department’s Facebook page asking for help in locating her.
By this past Monday, police had received only one tip, and it didn’t help them find her.
Sgt. John Howard of the Lenoir Police Department was told by the Caldwell County Department of Social Services that Reid’s food stamp card was last used on Feb. 25 in Hickory, Greene wrote.
“There were funds remaining on the card after this use, but the card has not been used since then,” Greene wrote.
Detective Jason Parker of the Lenoir Police Department checked with Reid’s bank, and the last activity on her account besides automated deposits was on Feb. 12, when she apparently withdrew cash at both the Lenoir and Hickory bank branches.
Family and friends normally speak to Reid on a weekly basis, but none have spoken to her since the end of February, Greene wrote.
The only person who claimed to have spoken with Reid during March is her husband, Anthony Reid, who was recently released from prison, Greene wrote. Greene wasn’t sure how credible his account was, but he told police he had spoken with Reid on the phone, and she handed the phone to another man.
Greene wrote that he thinks it possible that “criminal activity has contributed” to Reid’s disappearance, but it is also possible Reid is hiding for some reason.
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