Police join search for missing woman

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Shannon Rippy was last heard from when she called her mother around 7 p.m. Saturday. Police are now investigating as volunteers search the area Rippy was last seen for clues.

"I want my daughter," Bobbi Lewis said. "We planned on meeting the next day for lunch, it was her birthday. Her aunt and I were going to take her out, and she wasn't there, and we haven’t heard from her since."

That was Sunday afternoon. They left presents in front of her S. 5th St. home. When they came by Monday, the presents were still there. That's when they called police.

"This is very unusual," said Joyce Fernando, who is helping to organize volunteers. "Facebook, social media, spread the word, and organized a group of people that met this morning."

They met to go door to door in hopes someone knows something about what happened to Rippy.

They say Saturday, Rippy got a new hair cut, a spray tan, she was getting ready for her birthday weekend. Her friends say they've been checking local businesses to see if anyone heard anything but so far nothing.

"Shannon's just a warm sensitive person," Fernando said. "A hard working young lady, and she is well loved. I could say that."

Fernando just wants her home and Rippy’s mom is grateful for all of the help.

"All these people they're wonderful. They came out, and they're out putting flyers, and they're wonderful," Lewis said.

She's just hoping it helps bring her daughter home.

If you have any information on where Rippy is, call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600.

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A photograph of the lady would be helpful. I had to download a new version of Adobe flash & still could not see the video you posted.

It's Fifth AVENUE, not Street ... Google "5th Street", and you'll find yourself in Carolina Beach. Don't make these search efforts more difficult by giving out incorrect information.