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Paige Escalera (25) and her fiancé Stephanie Mayorga (27) are missing, in what police are calling suspicious circumstances. Their grey 2013 Dodge Dart registered to Escalera with a South Carolina tag (MVS-902) is also missing.
Last known to be in the Wilmington, NC area around the 15th of April.
Close friends and family haven’t heard from them since.
Paige’s sister posted that she had left her phone behind. A friend later posted she had left her personal items, medication and dog behind as well.
According to Captain Thomas Tilmon, head of the WPD’s Criminal Investigations Division, the WPD received a missing persons report on April 19 from the pair’s roommate who was under the impression she had to wait three days before she could file such a report.
Tilmon declined to elaborate on what information detectives discovered in the women’s phones, but did say most of the communications in the phones appeared to be normal.
Link to Captain Tilmon talking.
Paige has some distinctive marks and tattoos which her sister wanted to draw attention too.
The grey 2013 Dodge Dart has S.C. tags MVS-902 with a dent on the rear bumper on the driver-side rear and two stickers on the back glass. The grey 2013 Dodge Dart has S.C. tags MVS-902 with a dent on the rear bumper on the driver-side rear and two stickers on the back glass. (Source: Wilmington Police Department)
It was seen on camera leaving their apartment and starting to head north on South Kerr Avenue.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910)-343-3620.
On May 4, 2020, Wilmington Police made a sad discovery. Two bodies were found in a vehicle that had gone off the River Road. The vehicle found is the same that the women were last seen traveling in, back in April. A news release from the WPD states that “due to the effects of decomposition, police cannot positively identify the two bodies at this time.”
Article about the vehicle being found – https://www.wect.com/2020/05/04/wilmington-police-shut-down-intersection-independence-blvd-river-rd-investigation/
Police have now confirmed the bodies in the car are Paige and Stephanie and WPD officials say that speed and alcohol were considered major factors in the wreck that killed the couple.
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