Family: Fayetteville woman vanished without a trace

23-year-old Sophia Hanchett (Hanchett Family)

September 23, 2011 3:34:53 AM PDT
A Fayetteville family is worried and waiting to hear from their loved one, who they say vanished who a trace earlier this week.

Police are searching for 23-year-old Sophia Hanchett.

Her older sister, Emelia Noa, says her intuition tells her something is very wrong.

"She would always make contact with me," Noa explained. "She would never just leave for days at a time and never make contact with me, so I feel something is not right."

Hanchett disappeared four days ago. Her family says she is a former model and an accomplished artist who advertised her portrait drawings on Craigslist.

The sisters last talked on Monday between 5 and 6 p.m. Noa says Hanchett told her she was sitting in her car in the parking lot at Cross Creek Mall waiting to meet a client she created some sketches for.

Noa says she didn't detect any concern in her sister's voice.

"She's pretty routine with the meeting, and she always does it in a public place, so I didn't have any concerns or anything," Noa added. "And she stated to me she would meet me at home. That's where I expected to find her."

When Hanchett didn't return home, missed a family gathering Tuesday, and didn't show up for Wednesday night services at her church, her family called police.

"Detectives and her family members are seriously concerned about her welfare," said Gavin MacRoberts, Fayetteville Police Department.

Noa's last picture of her sister is a cell phone video she recorded last weekend.

While police review mall security video and talk with friends and acquaintances, Noa says prayer and her faith are what's keeping her strong.

"We love you, and we look forward to you coming home soon -- safe and sound," she added.

Family members say Hanchett driver a gold late model Toyota Camry. Police ask anyone who has information about their whereabouts to call the Fayetteville Police Department.

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