Wilmington Police provide new details in disappearance of two women

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is sharing new information Wednesday about the disappearance of two Wilmington women.

Wilmington Police said 27-year-old Stephanie Mayorga and 25-year-old Paige Escalera were last seen on April 15. They were reported missing by their roommate on April 19. Police said the roommate was under the impression you could not report missing persons until 72 hours had passed.

WPD said Mayorga and Escalera were last seen in the area of Kerr Avenue and Randall Parkway, possibly in a dark grey Dodge Dart with a South Carolina plate “MVS-902.”

Paige Escalera’s sister, Stevie Jenkins, spoke to WWAY on Tuesday. Jenkins said Paige had left home without her phone.

“It just doesn’t make sense to leave town and leave all your things. Your phone on your unmade bed. Your iPad, your charger, your laptop, these watches, I mean…these things that I know that are so important to someone. If they’re leaving town, they’re taking them with them,” Jenkins said.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Police released three new photos of the women and their car. The photos were taken from a video of the missing women when they left their apartment on the evening of April 15.

Wilmington Police Captain Thomas Tilmon said while it’s not unusual for people in their 20s to be spontaneous, it is unusual that the women did not come back home, and also left all their property in the home. In addition, neither woman has been in touch with any family members since their disappearance.

Investigators said they have reached out and received assistance from numerous area law enforcement agencies, and have utilized SABLE to search broad areas of interest, in an effort to find the women’s missing Dodge Dart.

Detectives are asking the public in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus, and Onslow counties to keep and eye out for the Dodge Dart. The car has stickers on the back window, as well as damage to the rear bumper.

Anyone with information that may be relevant to this case is urged to call (910)-343-3609 to speak with a detective. You can also visit www.tip708.com for anonymous methods. If you see these woman, detectives ask that you immediately call 911 so that law enforcement can get to them.

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