Murdered Girl found off Dry Ponds Rd. mid 1970s

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Since: Aug 07

Granite Falls, NC

#1 Jan 7, 2009
Does anyone remember the missing girl whose body was found by a hunter off Dry Ponds Road in what seems like the mid 1970s? The area was just outside of Granite Falls and the hunter found her body in an old trash dump partially covered with an old wash tub from what I can remember. I'm wanting to say she was a "Hollar" but am not too sure about that. Rumors floating around at the time were that her disappearance and murder was caused by cultists...but then there were all kinds of rumors. I don't remember if her murder was ever solved.
What is up

Garner, NC

#2 Jan 7, 2009
I do remember that, we did not live far from that area. I think you are right it was Hollar. I don't think they ever did find out what happened to her.
Case worker

Garner, NC

#3 Jan 7, 2009
I believe there was a suspect, although not officailly named. Not a cultist though.
oldman

Lenoir, NC

#4 Jan 7, 2009
the girls name was Sandra Bryant and she was from the Piney section. The murder was never solved,there was a suspect but never enough evidence
ohannah

Granite Falls, NC

#5 Jan 7, 2009
I think the girl you are thinking of was named Sandra Bryant or Brown or something like that. Paula Gail Hollar was abducted and murdered in the early 70's also. Her body was found in a pond off Hibriten Drive. Vernon Junior Woods was convicted for her murder and I think he is currently serving a life sentence. She was abducted from a parking lot uptown on her way to work. Several people witnessed her abduction but thought that it was just a guy and his girlfriend horsing around. She was a newlywed and an only child which made the murder even more tragic (if that could be possible).Interesting that you should bring up a cold case that is thirty-plus years old. I have heard of cults who were meeting in the Goat Farm area nearby at that time.
rusty

United States

#6 Jan 7, 2009
ohannah wrote:
I think the girl you are thinking of was named Sandra Bryant or Brown or something like that. Paula Gail Hollar was abducted and murdered in the early 70's also. Her body was found in a pond off Hibriten Drive. Vernon Junior Woods was convicted for her murder and I think he is currently serving a life sentence. She was abducted from a parking lot uptown on her way to work. Several people witnessed her abduction but thought that it was just a guy and his girlfriend horsing around. She was a newlywed and an only child which made the murder even more tragic (if that could be possible).Interesting that you should bring up a cold case that is thirty-plus years old. I have heard of cults who were meeting in the Goat Farm area nearby at that time.
Vernon woods was sentenced to death for her murder
sentenced changed to life and you guessed it he was paroled 1/30/2005

http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/apps/offender...
nocultistjustred necktrash

Smithfield, NC

#7 Jan 7, 2009
Sherrill was her name. The killers are known as one of them made a deathbed confession. No arrests ever made. You know who they are.
GFhorseman wrote:
Does anyone remember the missing girl whose body was found by a hunter off Dry Ponds Road in what seems like the mid 1970s? The area was just outside of Granite Falls and the hunter found her body in an old trash dump partially covered with an old wash tub from what I can remember. I'm wanting to say she was a "Hollar" but am not too sure about that. Rumors floating around at the time were that her disappearance and murder was caused by cultists...but then there were all kinds of rumors. I don't remember if her murder was ever solved.

Since: Aug 07

Granite Falls, NC

#8 Jan 7, 2009
Thanks for the leads. I pulled up NC death certificates and found that her name was Sandra Bryant Baldwin, an 18 year old divorced student from Gamewell Collettsville school. The certicate states the location as Dry Ponds Road and that cause of death was homicide beaten by person or persons unknown, multiple stab wounds of the back and severe trauma to the head and back. This happened on April 6, 1969, and she was buried on April 14th. I recalled this murder because of the cultist talk on another thread and it broght all this back to mind.

Since: Aug 07

Granite Falls, NC

#9 Jan 7, 2009
Sorry, but Sherrill wasn't her name.

Since: Aug 07

Granite Falls, NC

#10 Jan 7, 2009
ohannah wrote:
I think the girl you are thinking of was named Sandra Bryant or Brown or something like that. Paula Gail Hollar was abducted and murdered in the early 70's also. Her body was found in a pond off Hibriten Drive. Vernon Junior Woods was convicted for her murder and I think he is currently serving a life sentence. She was abducted from a parking lot uptown on her way to work. Several people witnessed her abduction but thought that it was just a guy and his girlfriend horsing around. She was a newlywed and an only child which made the murder even more tragic (if that could be possible).Interesting that you should bring up a cold case that is thirty-plus years old. I have heard of cults who were meeting in the Goat Farm area nearby at that time.
I remember that now since you brought it up. They found her near Hibriten Lane and NC 18 near the foot of Hibriten Lane. I remember reading all about Woods too. Thanks.
nocultistjustred necktrash

Smithfield, NC

#12 Jan 8, 2009
You are right about the name, wrong about the cultist. The perps are known
GFhorseman wrote:
Sorry, but Sherrill wasn't her name.

Since: Aug 07

Granite Falls, NC

#13 Jan 8, 2009
nocultistjustrednecktrash wrote:
You are right about the name, wrong about the cultist. The perps are known
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As I said that was only rumors floating around about cultists. I do remember hearing someone made a death bed confession but now I don't remember the details or whom it was.
News Maker

United States

#14 Jan 8, 2009
I had heard about that. Wasn't someone accused of committing that crime? A controversial character.....
nocultistjustrednecktrash wrote:
You are right about the name, wrong about the cultist. The perps are known
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Case worker

Garner, NC

#15 Jan 8, 2009
There was a suspect. The case has been rumored for years. I beleive the case was looked at again in the last several years but nothing could be proven at the time. I believe the suspect is still living in the Catawba Valley area. If anyone has any information it could be very helpful.
rusty

United States

#16 Jan 8, 2009
nocultistjustrednecktrash wrote:
You are right about the name, wrong about the cultist. The perps are known
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Well since no one else is going to ask I will who made the deathbed confession???
Who was involved???
ole gamewell boy

Granite Falls, NC

#17 Jan 9, 2009
It was The Bryant girl rom Piney, I went to school with her brothers. I was to young to recall any suspects in the case.
anon

Fayetteville, NC

#18 Feb 18, 2009
anyone have any more info?
ole gamewell boy

Lenoir, NC

#19 Mar 2, 2009
I agree , who is the suspect? Lets either talk about it or lay it to rest.
Intheknow

Youngsville, NC

#20 Mar 3, 2009
I think that the man that found her was a salesman of some sort who went out in the woods to tinkle and found her. She was a Bryant. There was an idiot that said he did it, but he was in prison and couldnt have done it. Another man who I think was named Bryant also was suspect. Personally I think Vernon Woods killed Sandra as well as Paula Gail...

Since: Nov 08

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#21 Mar 3, 2009
I have always wondered if Caldwell County has more than the average amount of homicides that goes unsolved. I would be interested in finding some statistics on this.

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