Reward for missing woman bumped to $5,000

LUMBERTON — The family of a 20-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a week has bumped a reward to $5,000 reward for information on where she is.

Abby Lynn Patterson was last seen on East Ninth Street at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 5, said Samantha Lovette, Patterson’s mother.

“She said ‘I’ll be back in an hour,’” Lovette said.

When her daughter didn’t return after the hour passed, Lovette tried to call her cell phone but it went straight to voicemail, and that has continued since.

Patterson is white, has brown hair, brown eyes, is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has a bird tattoo on her shoulder and a dark birthmark on the back of her left thigh. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and brown shorts.

“We love her and need her back home,” Lovette said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 and ask for Officer Deana Locklear.