If you want to listen to this episode, you will find it here. If you want to listen to the first episode where I talked about Sara, that’s here. Or you can read the blog post What’s Going on in This Town? Part One.
Hey, y’all, and welcome to the first bonus episode of Southern Macabre! I’m Aeryn and I am so glad that you’re listening today.
One of the first episodes was called, “What’s Going on in This Town? Part One” and I told y’all about Murder and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) in Robeson County, North Carolina. One young woman who has been missing for seven years is Sara Nicole Graham.
For those who haven’t heard that episode, or don’t know Sara’s story, I’ll tell you about her quickly. Sara was an eighteen-year-old from Texas who moved to Fairmont, North Carolina to live with her dad whom she hadn’t seen in about sixteen years. He had remarried and had a stepson.
Sara worked as a door greeter at the Pembroke, North Carolina Walmart and was considered a wonderful employee. She was making friends and loving her new life in North Carolina. She was a member of the local Lumbee Tribe, but I’m not sure if she participated in events or anything.
On February 4, 2015, Sara left her house at 6:30am for her 7am shift. She had plenty of time to get there because it was only twenty minutes away and her dad was letting her use his 1990 Chevy Astro van. She never made it to work, and the van was seen as early as 6:45am in-between her home and Walmart on McDonald Road.
Police were called out and did a massive search spanning from her father’s home to the Walmart where she worked. They didn’t find anything. Also, the doors on the Astro were locked, which would have been done manually since vehicles didn’t have key fobs back then.
Sara’s father, Hubert, was a Sergeant with the Robeson County Sheriff’s office and her stepmother, Connie, was a Deputy with the same office. Connie was fired six weeks after Sara’s disappearance; she had worked there for twenty-three years. The Sheriff’s Department said it wasn’t because of the case but was related to “personnel issues”.
Hubert left the Sheriff’s office in 2018 to become a police officer in Maxton, a town of 2,346. He had been with the Sheriff’s office for about fifteen years. This means that he was demoted and probably took a cut in pay, which doesn’t make any sense to me.
This brings me to February 4, 2022, when the FBI released more information in Sara’s case. FBI Special Agent Smith has been investigating Sara’s disappearance since day one. He said, “Everything we’ve learned about Sarah tells us that she did not take off on her own, she’s responsible. She had a job at Wal-Mart and was considered a dependable employee. Sarah was making friends and was happy with her new life in North Carolina.”
He also said that they don’t believe someone close to Sara is telling the FBI everything they know. They’re offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to Sara.
If you know anything then you should call the Charlotte FBI at 704-672-6100. I will put the phone number in the description.