New details in the disappearance of Wilmington mom


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been two weeks to the day family and friends say they last saw Ebonee Spears.

Spears’ mother reported her missing on January 18, but says she last heard from her January 15. Her former bosses at the Carolina Gymnastics Academy said they last saw her the day before, when she dropped off clothes for her daughter’s gymnastics practice that afternoon.

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“On this day, she was not the reserved, quiet, normal person that we normally knew, but nothing that I would say, ‘she’s about to disappear’,” said Owner Michele Zapple.

Zapple and her business partner Rebecca Bishop described Spears as a trustworthy and reliable employee for the year she worked for them.

“Everyone here knows Ebonee, we enjoyed working with her, she was a great employee, she was always on time,” Bishop said.

The women, and Spears’ family, have expressed frustrations that police are still treating this as a missing persons case.

“I’m seeing her daughter at practice and she’s definitely sad, worried, scared,” Zapple said. “She’s just worried that nobody’s looking for her mom”

A WPD spokeswoman told WWAY that police are still following leads and an investigator is currently speaking with members of Spears’ family.

“I’m concerned that if we let this go on any further, the outcome wont be great, and we really want her to return and be happy again with her daughter and her family,” Bishop said.

The CUE Center for Missing Persons says a vigil will be held Friday January, 29 at the Pointe at Taylor Estates, where Spears was last seen, at 7 p.m.