Woman's disappearance deemed suspicious


Sarah Denise Patterson


Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The disappearance of a Wake County nursing assistant last seen late last week in Nash County is highly suspicious, according to local law enforcement officials.

Sarah Denise Patterson, 51, of Pinewinds Drive in Raleigh, was last known to be at a family member’s residence on the 4200 block of Biltmore Lane in Spring Hope.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said the disappearance is suspicious and his detectives are taking it seriously.

“That’s what’s so suspicious about it,” said Stone. “There’s no concrete evidence of where she was going or who she was with. That’s what’s puzzling at this time.”

A family member told investigators that Patterson hasn’t been seen since Thursday. She didn’t report to work Saturday or Sunday.

“The reporting party indicated this was out of character for Sarah Denise Patterson,” said Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina.

Patterson has no history of mental illness or a serious criminal background.

Patterson is described as a black woman, 5-feet, four-inches tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. She has short cut brown hair, brown eyes and is known to wear prescription glasses.

She reportedly was last seen operating her burgundy 2010 Honda Accord with North Carolina license plate FBK-8456.

A be-on-the-lookout alert has been sent to surrounding law enforcement agencies, Medina said.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies are following up on leads.

Anyone with information on Patterson’s whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 252-459-1510 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.