WPD Identifies Missing Persons Found In Vehicle Off River Road

WPD Identifies Missing Persons Found In Vehicle Off River Road

WPD Identifies Missing Persons Found In Vehicle Off River Road Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 05 May 2020 16:34

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

WILMINGTON - Wilmington Police (WPD) confirmed the identity of two females found in a car in the woods off River Road on Tuesday May 5th. The two girls, Stephanie Mayorga - age 27 - and Paige Escalera - age 25 - had not been seen since April 15th.

Police were searching for a grey 2013 Dodge Dart registered to Escalera with a South Carolina tag (MVS-902).  Both family members and authorities believed the couple's disappearance was suspicious, which is why the WPD worked closely with law enforcement agencies across North and South Carolina in an effort to locate the two women and bring them home.

On Tuesday afternoon, the WPD released the following statement, "Wilmington Police are confirming that the car found yesterday just off River Road is registered to 25-year-old Paige Escalera. The car was found just after 3 p.m. outside the Watermark Marina with two unidentified bodies inside. The grey 2013 Dodge Dart was deep in the woods and covered in vegetation. While the investigation continues, police believe the car may have been involved in an extremely high velocity crash. 911 records show that on April 15, police, fire, and EMS were dispatched to this area just before midnight. A caller advised that they saw a car in their rear view mirror heading west on Independence Boulevard, going at a high rate of speed, possibly hitting a wall and then going into the wooded area. When First-Responders arrived they met with the caller and searched the area with flashlights. However they were unable to find any sign of a collision and no one with injuries. Police have now broadened this investigation to include a traffic crash. Both bodies are scheduled to undergo an autopsy in the coming days. We will release information as it becomes available. This case remains under investigation."

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