Family of missing NC woman: ‘We no longer expect a new addition’

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – The family of a Salisbury woman who was missing for nearly a week before she was found on Monday in Boone released a statement Tuesday thanking everyone for their help finding her.

Carrie Bradshaw Crowther, 49, was reported missing from her home on Tuesday morning, six days before she was found. Police received information from Crowther’s daughter, Lauren Lusk, that her mother might have been headed to Linville Gorge.

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On Friday, Lusk told WBTV that the Linville Gorge was “a sentimental place” for her mother and one that that she had visited often.

Officials say Crowther’s ATM card was used at at 1 p.m. at a CVS in Boone. A short time later, she was spotted pulling out of a nearby gas station on NC-105.

When officers approached Crowther, they say she got out of her car and said, “I am Carrie.”

Crowther was taken to the hospital to be evaluated after she was found. Officials say her family plans to meet her there.

People along Interstate 40 all the way to the gorge were asked to watch for Crowther, who officials said was nine-months pregnant.

“The family of Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther would like to share their sincere appreciation to the overwhelming number of people who so willingly, through kind and caring hearts expended their time, efforts and prayers, to help us locate someone we love dearly. Carrie is presently hospitalized and is receiving much needed medical care,” Drew Bradshaw, Carrie’s brother said.

Bradshaw continued, “The compassion shown by so many people, many who do not know Carrie, is the same compassion we know Carrie shows to others daily. She is, and has always been a very loving person whose family is her world, and without hesitation, she puts herself second to anyone in need.”

“While it is unfortunate, we no longer expect a new addition to our family and ask for your continued prayers. We respect the HIPPA laws and we feel that releasing any more information should be in Carrie’s discretion after she has the opportunity to heal,” Bradshaw wrote.

“We will forever be thankful for the professionalism shown by the Salisbury Police Department, the officials in Watauga County, the Watauga County hospital personnel, and for the various news agencies that assisted,” the family statement concluded. “Our hearts are now with the many missing persons who are still unaccounted for, and the families who have not been as fortunate in finding their loved ones as we were. We thank God for the wonderful people on social media who connected with us, and who we know will continue to share love and support to those in need.”

Crowther was driving a gold 2001 Mazda MVP minivan with expired Kansas license plates. When she was found, she had a North Carolina license plate.

The case received national attention from missing persons organizations, and her story was shared over social media thousands of times in the last few days.

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