Patterson’s family on “roller coaster” as they search for missing woman

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

Abby Patterson’s family is speaking out about the reward being offered for the missing woman.

“We want to be very clear that the reward being offered is from family and friends, not from authorities,” said Sandy Bryan, sister of the missing Abby Patterson.

Patterson, missing since early September, returned from Florida to her home in Lumberton on a Sunday and, the following Tuesday, according to Bryan, she was seen getting into a brown Buick with an acquaintance and hasn’t been heard from since.

“We know she’s not out there by choice,” Bryan said. “She talks to my mom every day, and we haven’t heard from her since (she was seen getting into the Buick).”

With the national attention the case has received, Bryan said leads are plentiful from people who think they’ve sighted the 20-year-old.

“Every day is a roller-coaster,” she said. “We get a lead, and we sit on pins and needles all day, and it turns out to not be Abby, or it turns out to be a dead end. It’s definitely an ongoing, active case.”

Patterson is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She has light skin, with a birthmark on the back of her left thigh and a bird tattoo on her shoulder.

Patterson is the daughter of Rusty Patterson, a Bladen County resident living near Tar Heel.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing

Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal