"We’re still questioning what happened" Year long search continues for Abby Patterson

Family still searching for missing Abby Patterson

LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - It's been exactly one year since Abby Lynn Patterson went missing from her home in Lumberton and on Wednesday the Lumberton Police Department and her family were still actively searching for her.

Patterson was last seen getting in a brown Buick around 11:30 a.m. at her home on East 9th street on September 5, 2017. Her mother, Samantha Lovette, said Patterson told her she was going out to run some errands and would be back in an hour.

"She just always said don't worry mom, I'll be back in an hour and I trusted that," Lovette said.

Patterson never returned home.

Lovette said when she tried calling her daughter to check in, it went to voicemail several times. That day was the last time the family saw or heard from Patterson.

"We've just been trying to get through the day and just remember that Abby would want us to be strong and wise and just continue on our day," Lovette said.

She would not go into details, but Lovette said she has stayed in constant contact with Lumberton PD on the investigation.

Wednesday morning the department released a new missing person poster to help raise awareness of Patterson's disappearance.

Authorities said detectives have followed a number of leads, but have not determined what happened to Patterson after she left her home last year.

Lovette said since her disappearance, the family has put out new posters and sent out dozens of "Find me" Abby bracelets.

"I'm still stuck back on September the 5, 2017 at 11:38 a.m. when she said I'll be back in an hour," Lovette said. "I'm questioning, her sisters, her grandmother… we're all still questioning what has happened."

Lovette's Facebook page is filled with loving posts about Patterson with a determination that one day her daughter will be found.

"Someone out there knows something and I just need to find someone that's going to break their conscious and just tell us where she's at," Lovette said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Abby Lynn Patterson is asked to call the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 and speak with Detective David Williford.

Lovette said there is a $10,000 reward.

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