Lumberton woman says her life is like a living nightmare after daughter's disappearance


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    Samantha Lovette of Lumberton said she feels like she's living a nightmare with the disappearance of her daughter Abby Lynn Patterson.

    Patterson disappeared one year ago on Sept. 5, 2017 and there are still no clues as to what happened to her.

    Lovette said it feels like a year hasn't passed.

    "It’s like still like back September 5, 2017. It’s just like everywhere I go I see her. Everything I hear it’s her. I hear her laugh. And her laugh is so contagious. She brought so much positive. In so many people that she encountered. And so much laughter and love and everyone’s life. And I’ve just been at a standstill. It’s like you can’t move on from this. And you’re not. You’re at a standstill. And it’s just a living nightmare. When somebody says living nightmare you think what in the world. Now, I know what that means. And no mother should have to endure not knowing where her child is," said Lovette.

    Police said Patterson was last seen getting into a brown Buick on East Ninth Street in Lumberton.

    Lovette remembers her last conversation with her daughter.

    "Last thing she told me is I’ll be back in an hour. And I didn’t hear from her. And I started calling and calling her. And it just kept going to voicemail. And that’s what torments me. I have no clue what happened to her. No clue,” she said.

    Officials with the Lumberton Police Department said they’ve followed a number of leads, but have not determined what happened to Patterson after she left her home last year.

    Lovette said she and her daughter are very close. They talked everyday and she deeply misses her child.

    “All I can do is just beg the public to help find her. You know, this is my sweet Abby. And I’ve always called her my sweet Abby. It’s like a disease you have inside you that’s eating you inside out," she said.

    Lovette posted the following message on her Facebook page.

    "A year ago today. This was our last pictures together. We laughed all day long. This was the perfect day, what I would give to go back to this very moment. You are so very missed my sweet Abby. I Iove you more than words could ever say. We are not giving up. I feel you with me everyday. I promise we will find you. #findabby #beautifulmemories #lookatthosesmiles."

    The FBI is assisting Lumberton police in the investigation. A$10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Patterson being found. If you have any information in this case, you're asked to call the Lumberton Police Department at (910) 671-3845.

    She was 20 years old at the time she went missing.

    Lumberton Police and the FBI are still actively investigating her disappearance.

    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Abby Lynn Patterson is asked to call the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 and speak with Detective David Williford.

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