Investigators believe Wendell woman’s son involved in her disappearance, documents say

Stephen Owen Schrader (CCBI)
Stephen Owen Schrader (CCBI)

WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN) — Investigators believe a man “is involved in his mother’s disappearance” after he gave inconsistent stories about the Wendell woman’s whereabouts.

Carolyn Sue Fox was last heard from by friends in mid-July, and deputies believe her son “is involved in his mother’s disappearance and has brought harm to her,” according to an affidavit signed by a Wake County sheriff’s deputy seeking the search warrant.

Deputies have interviewed Stephen Owen Schrader Jr. about his mother’s disappearance. During that interview, he made “vague and inconsistent statements about his mother’s current location,” according to the affidavit.

Schrader is currently jailed awaiting trial on charges of abuse of a disabled or elderly person causing serious injury, obtaining property by false pretenses and exploiting a disabled or elderly person’s trust, records show.

Schrader has not been charged in Fox’s death. Authorities have not established that Fox is dead.

He told investigators that his mother had gone to Canada and then from there to an island called Cebu in the Philippines, according to the investigator’s sworn statement. He said he couldn’t provide contact information for his mother because he was locked out of his phone and his laptop was broken, according to the investigator’s statement.

Schrader also told a deputy that his mother had taken her four dogs with her when she left the country, but Wake County Animal Shelter records indicate that Schrader dropped off four dogs on July 20, according to the affidavit.

Items seized from the home included documents, cell phones and a computer, as well as knives, saws, a machete, a hatchet and a pair of chainsaws, according to the search warrant return.

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