A 39-year-old Charlotte woman has been reported missing after leaving for Charlotte from her parent’s home in Tennessee on Monday.
Authorities searched for her on Friday in the mountains of North Carolina. The missing woman is 39-year-old Holly Fischer.
Ashe and Wilkes counties are the center of the search because records show her cell phone was used in the area late Thursday.
“This is a complex investigation, being conducted by several law enforcement agencies,” Hillary Coward, a spokeswoman for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, said Friday.
She has not been seen since Monday afternoon after using her debit card at a convenience store on Interstate 40.
Fischer’s roommate in Charlotte called Fischer’s parents Wednesday when Fischer had yet to return. This is when the authorities were contacted in Knox County.
Her car has not been seen since her disappearance. It has been reported that Fischer was concerned about an upcoming divorce.
The Charlotte Observer has reported that Fischer’s estranged husband has been contacted by her family and has said he hasn’t heard from her.
“Her parents seem to think she might have decided to go to Ashe County, to collect herself,” said Liz Stafford, a friend of Fischer’s.
Stafford believes there has been foul play.
“I’ve known Holly for 20 years, and she doesn’t make decisions on a whim. She was last seen in Newport. Clearly, she was headed for Charlotte. If she had planned to go to Ashe County, she would have gone a different route,” said Stafford.
“If she were abducted, however, then anything is possible,” Stafford added.
The CMPD has been contacted and are cooperating with Knox County authorities. Fischer’s license tag number has been entered into a national database and is being looked for.