A search is underway for a lacking West Virginia mom, as weird particulars emerge amid issues over who was behind a barrage of personal messages apparently despatched from her Facebook account over the weekend.
Mary Cathleen Haley, 32, was reported lacking earlier this week. She was final seen a while earlier than final Friday.
Haley apparently separated from her husband, William Scott, round August, in accordance with members of the family. Nonetheless, Scott turned himself in to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Workplace on Dec. 11 in response to a warrant issued two days earlier stemming from a category 1 misdemeanor cost. In line with court docket paperwork referenced by WOAY-TV, he was launched “on a personal recognizance bond and is due back in court Jan 7.” Scott claimed to the Justice of the Peace that he had not seen his spouse in months.
As well as, Raleigh County, W.Va., Sheriff Scott Van Meter advised Fox Information that Haley was indicted by a grand jury for alleged larceny in Smith County, Va., on Dec. 10 and was needed there. The sheriff added that Scott has “been 100 percent cooperative from the beginning” of the investigation.
Nonetheless, associates of Haley painted an image of ache within the day main as much as her disappearance.
Fb messages considered by Fox Information allegedly confirmed that Haley had reached out to a fellow member of a domestic-violence assist group, Krissy Musallam, on Friday at 2:28 p.m. and declared that she had been “beaten pretty bad” by her estranged husband every week earlier. She additionally despatched two selfies exhibiting her with black eyes.
Musallam then suggested her to go to a domestic-violence shelter and on Friday, and Haley expressed frustration that officers weren’t taking her abuse allegations significantly. Musallam advised Fox Information she grew involved when she didn’t hear any extra from Haley and obtained no response to an earlier message on Saturday.
In line with messages from Haley’s Fb Messenger, a response got here Saturday at 4:32 p.m., stating that “she is fine” and “she is unstable” and that she was “in bed asleep.”
“She was talking about going swimming, but she can’t swim, so I’m not sure,” the individual writing from Haley’s account advised Musallam, then proclaiming to be “Haley’s best friend, Steven Vaught.”
In line with the obvious messages, “her husband is a great police officer,” and he or she obtained black eyes as she “fell down steps acting crazy,” elevating Musallam’s suspicions as to who was actually on the opposite finish and what was occurring. The messages mentioned she was more likely to sleep by way of the next day after Musallam threatened to ship any individual for a “welfare check.”
On Saturday night, Musallam requested if she was nonetheless married, and the response got here again that “she always will be now.” Round eight p.m. that night time, the rambling messages from her account insisted that “she fell in the lake” and that she “tried to kill her (sic) self.”
“Rural Retreat Lake,” the messages continued. “She fell in…. yes she killed herself. She can’t swim.”
The 90-acre impoundment lake is positioned in Wythe County, Virginia.
When requested why it was not reported, the response got here that “I thought she was k” and “She seemed k she does this.” Later, the messages modified, saying the reasoning was, “I was scared” and “I can’t talk any more mam she is okay,” and “She slipped. I’m sure she’s fine.”
The ramblings continued from her account, with the individual on the opposite finish declaring that “I thought I should check her messages” and claiming Haley “lied a lot” and was telling individuals “things that was private.” The person additionally expressed being upset that Haley “owned some businesses she wouldn’t put my name on.”
Haley was mentioned to have owned a neighborhood ice-cream retailer and a thrift retailer however had closed them down in current weeks.
“She never made me happy,” the messages went on. “She was talking to some man.”
The messages flipped to the individual on the opposite finish, claiming to “still work for the state police,” that they have been “just sitting here waiting.”
On Sunday, Dec.15, the dialog with Musallam ended, she mentioned, and there was no additional response from the account. Musallam advised Fox Information she then reached out to a different affiliate of Haley’s who additionally communicated with the lacking lady’s Fb Messenger on Saturday. The messages allegedly coming from her account included, “she’s at peace bro,” “she is where she needs to be,” and “she fell I didn’t kill her,” indicating that her “last words” have been the title of her younger daughter.
The couple reportedly was married for round 14 months, and the identification of the individual utilizing Haley’s Fb Messenger remained unverified.
Sheila Vaught, the spouse of Steven Vaught, advised Fox Information that she has recognized Haley for round seven years and that Haley had been staying together with her husband and her for a month. Sheila mentioned Steven had co-signed on her new automobile, a blue 2020 Kia, with the Virginia registration URV 3345.
In line with Vaught, Haley had tried to divorce her husband, however he had refused to signal and Haley feared for her life.
Regardless of the messages despatched to Musallam on Friday night, and considered by Fox Information, stating that she was in Beckley, W.Va., Vaught claimed Haley left their Speedwell, Va., residence on Tuesday to drive to the Florida Panhandle for a number of conferences with bars and eating places within the hopes of securing work to do their social media and advertising and marketing.
“I spoke to Mary on Friday morning, she sounded fine,” Vaught mentioned, noting that Haley supposedly took a number of conferences however didn’t make the final assembly that had been arrange for her on Friday night across the Pensacola space.
Vaught famous that Haley had supposed to remain in Florida till Dec. 22 and reside out of her automobile earlier than driving to Nashville to see a good friend. However, as of Saturday morning, Vaught underscored, she and a number of other different individuals began receiving odd messages from Haley’s Fb Messenger on Saturday morning requesting the automobile identification variety of her automobile.
“Mary knows where to look for that. She isn’t stupid,” Vaught noticed, including that her worries over who was on her Messenger grew.
Vaught claimed weird messages saved coming, indicating that Haley had fallen right into a lake and that somebody could be delivering her automobile and her cellphone. She mentioned she contacted regulation enforcement on Sunday to say Haley was lacking, some 72 hours after their final communication. She additionally mentioned she and others began receiving the identical message from Haley’s account on Monday, proclaiming that she was “washing (her) hair and would call them back later.”
The account has not learn or responded to messages since then, Vaught mentioned.
One other member of the Tina Stewart Basis who works with Musallam to assist domestic-violence victims, Allyson Hottinger, advised Fox Information that a number of male connections from Haley’s Fb additionally obtained odd messages from her personal messenger over the weekend, requesting that they meet up, though that they had corresponded instantly with Haley beforehand.
Haley is described by her household as 5’7” and 125 kilos with soiled blond hair and hazel-brown eyes. Members of the family mentioned she could possibly be both in Beckley, W.Va., or in Wythe County, Va.
“We are not going to give up until we find Mary,” Libby Dickerson, Haley’s mom, advised Fox Information. “There have been some leads; nothing has panned out.”
Dickerson mentioned she didn’t know her daughter’s husband very properly, and mentioned she had no judgment on him. She additionally identified that whereas she had not spoken to Haley for a number of months, her ex-husband – Haley’s father – did so in current weeks and reported her lacking to investigators on Sunday.
Dickerson mentioned whereas her daughter had “some problems,” and wouldn’t elaborate on them, she did say her daughter was not recognized to vanish for any size of time. She moreover referenced weird messages that had come by way of Haley’s Fb over the weekend, however mentioned she didn’t imagine them to be from her daughter, noting that whoever used the account couldn’t reply questions that Haley would have recognized.
She additionally mentioned she tried to name the Messenger account to listen to Haley’s voice, however the individual on the opposite finish solely typed.
“We are just waiting,” Dickerson burdened. “We just want her home.”
Van Meter advised Fox Information on Wednesday morning that the matter was beneath investigation, and that his workplace discovered of some doable sightings however had not but positioned something recognized to belong to Haley.
He additionally affirmed that William Scott resigned from the State Police round 5 months in the past, after 25 years of service, earlier than he was employed again in a civilian capability for motor-vehicle inspections. Van Meter emphasised that Scott had been very cooperative within the investigation.
Scott didn’t reply to Fox Information’ requests for remark.
On her Fb account, Haley described herself as “fearless.”
“I didn’t come this far, to come this far,” the quote adorning her web page learn.
The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Division is searching for anybody with info to name the sheriff’s workplace at 304-255-9300