Holly Fischer: Missing from Charlotte N.C. Found

Holly FischerUPDATE 6/3/13 –

 The body of a missing North Carolina woman has been found on Monday.

Authorities said they found the body of Holly Fischer, 39, of Charlotte near her car that went over an 800-foot embankment. The car was located near Highway 16 near Wilkes and Ashe counties on Sunday evening by a friend of the family, reports Fox News.

Crews had to wait till Monday to rappel down the steep embankment to get to the vehicle that at the time looked like the 2004 silver Infinity that Holly was known to be driving.  Once the crew were able to make it down the embankment they were able to confirm that it was Holly’s car and that Holly’s body was laying near the crash.  It is not known if Holly was thrown from the vehicle or had climbed out and then died shortly afterwards.

FROM FISCHER FAMILY:
The Fischer family can now confirm that Holly Fischer’s car has been located. The car was located off Highway 16 in Millers Creek, NC. It is with unbearable sadness that we can also confirm that she was not found alive. Our hearts are broken. The family does wish to express their tremendous gratitude to the countless volunteers and authorities that have participated in the search for Holly. Without your tireless efforts, we believe Holly Fischer may not have ever been found. We are all devastated to lose our beautiful daughter, sister and friend. We do ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.

Holly Fischer, 39, is missing from Charlotte, N.C.  She was last seen leaving her parents’ house in Knoxville on Monday.

WSOC reported that friend Liz Stafford is spearheading a new search for Fischer. The Ashe County Sheriff stated that Holly’s phone pinged in Ashe County.  Outside her home, Stafford spoke to the media about her missing friend.

Family members last saw Holly Fischer on Monday, when she left her parents’ home in Knox County, Tenn., presumably for her home in Charlotte, N.C. On Wednesday, her roommate called Fischer’s parents and told them Fischer hadn’t returned. The concerned parents then contacted Knox County authorities and reported her missing.

“We are deeply worried about her,” Fischer’s friend Larisa Markanian told The Huffington Post. “She would not have taken off without contacting one of us. Something is terribly wrong.”

Investigators learned Fischer used her bank card on  Monday at a store in Newport, Tenn. The store is situated along Interstate 40, where she usually travels on her way to visit her parents.

“And we are just keeping our focus on Holly to get her home,” she said, according to WSOC.

Fischer’s roommate for 4 months spoke to WSOC by phone on Saturday. She said she called Holly’s parents when she didn’t respond to her texts or phone calls. 

“It’s very, very unusual, as everyone has said, for Holly not to check in,” said roommate Stephanie Hairfield.

 Fischer’s father said his daughter was upset when she left their home because of a divorce she is going through.

It could be that after all that Holly has gone through she just may have needed time to herself, but as time passes it seems less likely. 

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