Burlington Police Hope Gov.'s Reward Will Help Find Missing Woman

12:14 PM, Jul 14, 2012   |    comments
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  • Courtesy: Burlington Police Dept.

Burlington, NC -- Police hope new reward money from the Governor's Office will help them find a woman who's been missing since April.

Gov. Bev Perdue has signed a proclamation that offers $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case of 43-year-old Debra Dianne Sellars. She disappeared on April 20th. No one's seen or heard from her since, and Burlington police think someone murdered her.

"We've had good success in the past with Crimestoppers," police Capt. Steve Smith said. "They've never been able to offer this type of money. So with the governor coming forward with this amount of money, we feel like this is going to help us."

Sellars' family last saw her at her home on South Beaumont Avenue. No one answered the door when WFMY News 2 stopped by Saturday. She was driving a Ford Windstar minivan when she left home.

Police say she always kept in close contact with her family, and now officers are working to provide that family with closure.

"We're just looking for more help," Capt. Smith said. "Obviously, if a murder has occurred, we need to find the body of the victim. That would be a point to move forward from."

Police won't say what evidence they have to suggest Sellars was murdered. They are still actively working this case and looking for fresh information.

If you know anything that might help, call the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500 or Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.

WFMY News 2

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