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Search on for missing McDowell schoolteacher

There are 91 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Jan 26, 2009, titled Search on for missing McDowell schoolteacher. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

MARION McDowell County sheriff's deputies are searching for a schoolteacher reported missing early Monday.

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appst03

United States

#1 Jan 26, 2009
According to mcdowellnews.com she was found at around 7pm alive at a neighboring house details are still coming out
Rebecca

Savannah, GA

#2 Jan 26, 2009
I pray for this young lady too...I hope they give Amanda some consistent coverage and she doesn't become "yesterday's news" like they have done w/ Judson Brandon so far....here is his info...he has been missing now for 8 day's...

Helicopter used to search for missing Arden man
Jonathan Austin
published January 21, 2009 4:59 pm
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Madison County authorities called in a North Carolina Highway Patrol helicopter on Wednesday to search for an Arden man missing since Sunday.

The two-man OH-58 helicopter overflew rugged portions of Madison County near the Tennessee line looking for any signs of Judson Brandon, 28, who was last seen Sunday on Meadow Fork Road.
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“He was last seen wearing a camo jacket and fatigue pants, driving a 1989 Chevy extended cab, two-tone brown, 3/4 – ton pickup truck,” said Madison County Emergency Management Director Gordon Randolph.“He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, and weighs 150 pounds.”

Randolph said emergency management and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department began looking for Brandon on Tuesday after his family said he failed to return from visiting friends in western Madison County on Sunday. Crews from Spring Creek and Big Pine volunteer fire departments drove more than 40 miles of mountain roads Tuesday looking for any sign of Brandon or his truck.

Road conditions were hazardous due to the weather, and the crews had to use four-wheel drive vehicles and utility terrain vehicles. Pointing to a map of the area – much of which falls in the Pisgah National Forest – Randolph said,“we drove all these roads; two people to a truck.”

Randolph said “the family is concerned because he’s disoriented.” He said the family said Brandon spent the night with friends on Meadow Fork Road on Saturday night and “called his wife. He told her he would be home by lunchtime on Sunday.”

“With the extreme weather, we’re really concerned,” Randolph said. Temperatures in the mountainous region have dipped below 10 degrees on several recent evenings, and snow has covered the roads.

Randolph said neighbors in the Spring Creek area and friends of the missing man are helping look for him.“We’re exhausting all of our resources to try to find him.”

Haywood County authorities have been alerted, as some roads in the area wind around towards Waynesville. Buncombe County authorities have been contacted, and an alert has been issued to all law enforcement agencies within 150 miles.

“His cell phone hasn’t been used since Saturday,” Randolph said. The license tag on Brandon’s truck is JZN-5894, he said.

The Highway Patrol helicopter spent several hours Wednesday flying over Spring Creek, Max Patch, and the Harmon Den area, he said.
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Jane Duh

United States

#3 Jan 26, 2009
Something smells fishy here. I bet she faked the whole thing.

Transplanted

“Be No Tarheelborn”

Since: Feb 07

Albermarle

#4 Jan 26, 2009
Things just dont add up here ....

Doesnt show up for school

House looks like its broken into.....

Find the girl down the road at another home at 7pm
Do Not Judge B4 Facts

United States

#5 Jan 26, 2009
The disappearance of a West McDowell Junior High School teacher took a bizarre but fortunate turn Monday night when the woman authorities had been searching for all day came out of the woods unharmed about a mile from her house.
Capt. Vic Hollifield of the McDowell County Sheriff's Office said 28-year-old Amanda Fields appeared at a home on Candee Acres off Stacy Hill Road wearing multiple layers of clothing, including her pajamas, and baseball cleats. She had part of a rope around one wrist and a loose cord dangling from one foot. She sustained minor cuts and bruises, and there was a bald spot on her head.
The resident at the Candee Acres house called for an ambulance, and, after arriving on the scene, paramedics notified the Sheriff's Office.
Fields was taken to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville for evaluation.
Hollifield stated Monday night that detectives had not had a chance to interview the teacher about the ordeal but hoped to do so before the night's end.
For the second time, Jason Crisp, a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, brought his K-9, Maros, to the area - but this time to backtrack Fields' steps.
Crisp and Maros were called to the scene at U.S. 70 East Monday morning to search for signs of the missing teacher. They were joined by more than a dozen personnel from the Sheriff's Office, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the district attorney's office, as well as a N.C. Highway Patrol helicopter crew.
Fields teaches seventh- and eighth-grade language arts at West McDowell. The search began Monday morning when Sgt. Lynn Greene of the Sheriff's Office, who oversees the school resource officers, was notified that Fields didn't show up for work.
He went to her residence around 9:15 a.m. to conduct a "welfare check" and found Fields' red Ford Mustang sitting in the driveway with the driver's side door open and the keys lying in the seat. Someone had written "Go to hell faggits" on the garage door in red spray paint.
When Greene walked up to the house, he discovered that a window on the door had been smashed with a cinder block. Inside, there were signs of a struggle but no Fields.
The teacher's dog, a dachshund, was running loose in the house.
While some authorities combed the home, car and property, others talked to friends, family members, co-workers and acquaintances.
Hollifield said there were signs of a struggle in the kitchen of the residence, so they were treating it as foul play, "a missing person under suspicious circumstances."
Fields walked out of the woods nearly 10 hours after the investigation began.
The captain said after her discovery Monday night that detectives were going to interview the teacher, regroup and determine from there what path to take next.
www.mcdowellnews.com

Sgt Rock

Since: Jun 07

Johnson City, TN

#6 Jan 26, 2009
Yep. Something stinks here bigtime.
appst03

United States

#7 Jan 26, 2009
Read the story at mcdowellnews.com it says she came out of the woods bruised with peices of rope and cord tied to her with a bald spot on her head....doesn't sound like she faked anything..
The Truth Is Out There

United States

#8 Jan 26, 2009
Yeah, something stinks---it's called bigotry and hate!
Stypen

Zirconia, NC

#9 Jan 26, 2009
appst03 wrote:
Read the story at mcdowellnews.com it says she came out of the woods bruised with peices of rope and cord tied to her with a bald spot on her head....doesn't sound like she faked anything..
Don't speak so soon. Recall the teacher from Asheville City Schools back during the summer.
Candler Gazette

Waynesville, NC

#10 Jan 26, 2009
somethings not adding up down thar in macdowell

Since: Feb 08

Old Fort, NC

#11 Jan 26, 2009
I think it's worth waiting to hear what happened before we make any snap judgments. My granduncle told me tonight that she was dead. Then he told me that she was taking students home from school. Earlier today he told me my granduncle-in-law was dead. All three have been proven out to be wrong. Please, please, beware the traps of assumption, snap judgment, and prejudice. The police will investigate the case - let's hear what they and Amanda have to say before we do anything.

I'm glad she's all right and safe now. I was worried to hear about anyone's house being broken into so violently, and in such an obviously hostile manner. The best thing we can do is to give her our support in this time of trouble and assist the police in finding out the truth and the culprit(s).
Purple

Wellford, SC

#12 Jan 27, 2009
I am just wondering why she had on several layers of clothing. I mean if someone took her did they say its cold out and you might want to get on your sweater and jacket. And what about the cleats? Weird. And why did they take her to Memorial Mission Hospital? I know people around here don't have much faith in McDowell Hosp. but if she just had minor injuries then McDowell could treat her for that. Wouldn't you think they would want to put out a suspect description and warnings if someone had done this? That is normally what would happen. I know they have already interviewed her at the hospital.
deedadee

United States

#13 Jan 27, 2009
Maybe its the same cat that wopped Bruce Brown?
Why

Maxton, NC

#14 Jan 27, 2009
Why the hell is there not a bigger story about this on the front page? I had to actually type in a search to find more about this story. Instead, we've got some crap about "laughter yoga" as the focus story...

Sgt Rock

Since: Jun 07

Johnson City, TN

#15 Jan 27, 2009
Why wrote:
Why the hell is there not a bigger story about this on the front page? I had to actually type in a search to find more about this story. Instead, we've got some crap about "laughter yoga" as the focus story...
Because it may not be what it appears, and it may be much more than it appears. Remember, you are talking about McDowell County. The land that time forgot.

Sgt Rock

Since: Jun 07

Johnson City, TN

#16 Jan 27, 2009
The Truth Is Out There wrote:
Yeah, something stinks---it's called bigotry and hate!
Do you know something that we don't?

Transplanted

“Be No Tarheelborn”

Since: Feb 07

Albermarle

#17 Jan 27, 2009
Sgt Rock wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you know something that we don't?
News report last night stated that she would bring students home ....

It didnt mention male or female but from the words on her garage door (and its mispelling) it may have been females
Kenny

Johnson City, TN

#18 Jan 27, 2009
Is this the same woman who works at Samirs store in Old Fort on the weekends? I've noticed that she usually dresses very suggestive and acts a little kooky.
trouble

United States

#19 Jan 27, 2009
she faked the hole thing, mark my words. you have not got the whole story yet! 6224
Wants the Truth

Tempe, AZ

#20 Jan 27, 2009
trouble wrote:
she faked the hole thing, mark my words. you have not got the whole story yet! 6224
Do tell...!

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