Family members told detectives that the husband - Jose Cruz Avellaneda - returned about 20 minutes later without the woman or their son. The sheriff's office say the husband has since left the area and refused to say where the woman and child were before he left.
Deputies say based on a history of domestic abuse by Mr. Avellaneda, they're concerned about the welfare of Mary and Jose. They're asking anyone who knows anything about the whereabouts of any of the three to call them at (910) 592-4141.
Mr. Avellaneda was last seen driving a 1995, four-door, white, Chevrolet Lumina, with North Carolina tag XZX-8054.