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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:26 PM

NC woman desperate to know what happened to mother who never returned from Christmas shopping 2001

North Carolina woman desperate to know what happened to mother who never returned from Christmas shopping in 2001

Dec. 18, 2020, 6:53 PM EST
By Andrea Cavallier

One chilly winter evening, a few weeks before Christmas, a North Carolina woman told her husband and children she was heading out to do some Christmas shopping and kissed them goodnight. She got into her 1995 Pontiac Trans Sport van, drove away into the night, and was never seen again.

This holiday season will mark the 19th Christmas that Amanda Smith will spend without her mother, Michele Lyn Hundley Smith. ... “I’ll never forget that first Christmas without her,” Amanda told Dateline. “We didn’t even care about presents or anything - our mom was gone. Nothing was ever the same after that.”

Amanda was 14 years old when her 38-year-old mother disappeared on December 9, 2001. Her younger brother was almost eight. Their older sister was 19 and already out of the house. ... “It affected all of our lives,” Amanda said. “But I think I took it the hardest. My mom… we were best friends. She was a really good mother, you know, but then became more of a friend when I got older.”

Amanda described Michele as a mother who was always there when they got off the bus from school, cooked their favorite meals, and while she wasn’t very strict, she never let them get away with everything. ... “Then later on, we just became such good friends,” Amanda said. “I just felt like we had a special bond.”

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mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2020 OP
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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:29 PM

1. Doesn't look hopeful...

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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:29 PM

2. Cold case?

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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:58 PM

3. One car accident, car rolled into pond or lake...

And no one saw it. Just speculation on my part...

Something like this happened to basketball star Julius Erving's recovering addict son disappeared in a luxury car in the early 00s or late 90s in Florida.

The mystery of Erving's son's disappearance wasn't solved until a pond near Erving's estate was emptied revealing the car with his son's remains still in it...

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Response to NewDayOranges (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 20, 2020, 04:43 AM

4. Something like this happened to Milt Pappas' wife.

He played for the Chicago Cubs.

She was missing for five years. Her car, with her body in it, was discovered in a shallow pond. It was ruled an accident.

Sad.

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