Search on for 2 missing people

By: By Annick Joseph - Staff writer

LUMBERTON — The families of two missing people, both from the Union Chapel area, are asking for help locating their loved ones, each of whom has been missing since last week.

Holly Rebecca Collins, 14, has been missing since July 1. She is 5-foot, 3-inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, has dark brown curly hair and a birth mark next to her left eye.

Her mother, Natashia Smiling, believes she is with a much older man.

“She called me last Sunday, while she was at church. She said she loved me and didn’t know when she could call back,” Smiling said Monday. “She did inform me that she was in a relationship with a male that was 22 years of age.”

Smiling, a Maxton native and mother of three children, currently resides in Florida with her other two children. She said she is divorced from Holly’s father, who has custody of her.

She believes the boyfriend is actually 27 years old.

The family obtained surveillance video from a convenience store near Lumberton that Smiling says shows Collins with the man’s sister.

“All she has to do is contact me and I will come get her. I love you and if you can’t call me, call 911,” Smiling said. “If anyone knows where my daughter is, please call police.”

In an unrelated case, the search continues for 55-year-old Susan Dial McGirt, who walked away from an assisted living facility she lived at on Wednesday at around 9 a.m.

She is an American Indian female with red hair, who is about 5-foot, 8-inches tall and 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing pink pajamas and a floral print night gown in the area of 600 Mt. Moriah Church Road in Lumberton walking towards Interstate 95.

Mary Wesson said her mother suffers from cognitive impairment and depends on psychiatric medications.

“We have followed every possible lead we had to go on and nothing has panned out,” Wesson said. “She hasn’t had her meds for at least six days, now. We are concerned.

“We believe our mom got into someone’s vehicle, possibly on I-95 South,” she said. “Having to lie down at night not knowing where she’s at and if she’s safe, is unnerving. No family should go through this.”

There is a $1,000 reward for information that leads to McGirt.

Anyone with information about Collins or McGirt should call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170.



By Annick Joseph

Staff writer

Reach Annick Joseph by calling 910-416-5165 or via email at [email protected] or Facebook Annick MultiMedia Journalist.

Reach Annick Joseph by calling 910-416-5165 or via email at [email protected] or Facebook Annick MultiMedia Journalist.