Police said the car of a missing mother from the Charlotte area was found in western North Carolina along with a woman's body inside.
Belmont police said the 1998 Chevrolet Lumina belonging to 27-year-old Elizabeth Stonger, of Lowell, NC, was found Monday morning with a woman's body inside.
Police said an identification card belonging to Stonger was found in
the car and the woman's clothing matches the clothing Stonger was last
seen wearing, but they have not yet identified the body. Police said an
autopsy would be performed at the medical examiner's office in Raleigh.
The car was found after McDowell County deputies received a call about an illegal dumping when the Chevy was located in a ravine and it matched Stonger's registration tag and vehicle VIN information, according to police.
Stonger was reported missing to Belmont police Oct. 14. She was last seen at her job at a Belmont Walmart and has not been seen since, police said. Investigators said she has not used her financial cards or social media since she disappeared.
They said search efforts has been focused on McDowell County because her cell phone was last tracked, or "pinged," in the area of the Blue Ridge mountains of the county the night she disappeared. According to a report by WBTV in Charlotte, the car was located off of Spooky Hollow Road near U.S. Highway 221 in southern McDowell County.
Troopers said the car fell about 150 feet over a drop beside a rural road.
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