A pregnant woman from Salisbury whose disappearance made national headlines is no longer expecting, her family said on Facebook this week. Relatives said they were no longer planning to bring a baby home.
Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther, 49, was found safe in Boone on Monday after investigators tracked her ATM card to a CVS pharmacy there. She was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
“While it is unfortunate, we no longer expect a new addition to our family and ask for your continued prayers,” Bradshaw-Crowther’s family said in a statement on Facebook. “We respect the HIPPA laws and we feel that releasing any more information should be in Carrie’s discretion after she has the opportunity to heal.”
Family members reported her missing from her home June 2. She was spotted at a Shell gas station in Statesville on Wednesday wearing a blue jacket, her hair in pigtails. She didn’t appear to be in any distress in photos provided by Salisbury police.
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But family members worried because she was nine months pregnant and due soon.
Family members told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, that she might be headed to the Linville Gorge area, a place that had sentimental value to her family.
On Facebook this week, her family said they wanted “to share their sincere appreciation to the overwhelming number of people who so willingly, through kind and caring hearts expended their time, efforts and prayers, to help us locate someone we love dearly.”
“Carrie is presently hospitalized and is receiving much needed medical care,” her family said. “The compassion shown by so many people, many who do not know Carrie, is the same compassion we know Carrie shows to others daily. She is, and has always been a very loving person whose family is her world, and without hesitation, she puts herself second to anyone in need.”
Family members said they “will forever be thankful for the professionalism shown by the Salisbury Police Department, the officials in Watauga County, the Watauga County hospital personnel, and for the various news agencies that assisted.
“Our hearts are now with the many missing persons who are still unaccounted for, and the families who have not been as fortunate in finding their loved ones as we were. We thank God for the wonderful people on social media who connected with us, and who we know will continue to share love and support to those in need.”