A Rocky Mount woman has been missing for a week, and now some disturbing text messages have her family very concerned.
Terrie Williams' family was suspicious her boyfriend abducted her. They filed a missing person's report with Virginia State Police, and have been texting her since her disappearance.
For the past week, Terrie's family hasn't heard anything, but within the past 24 hours, her family says she's texted them back and the messages sound like cries for help.
Most texts are going to David Williams, Terrie's nephew. David got dozens of messages from Terrie's cell phone number just since Thursday night. Now he's afraid of what could happen to his Aunt.
"I said, 'Are you sure you are fine?' She said, 'As long as I don't make him mad, upset him, I'm fine. But, when I do make him mad, I'll be gone,'" said David, reading a text he got from his Aunt Terrie.
The texts are unsettling and seem never-ending - 38 in the last 24 hours. One reads:"As long as I do what he wants and he don't get mad, I'm okay. If he gets mad, then got to go." Another: "I love you all" and " he has a gun."
Just who is the he in these texts? Family and Virginia State Police say it's Terrie's boyfriend Richard Piunti. A couple less than a year, in a relationship family calls rocky.
"We have told her we want her to leave him alone. He's bad news. He's not the right person for her," said Jennifer Williams, Terrie's sister-in-law.
But, this missing person case has one missing piece. The Williams family admits there was no clear and convincing evidence Terrie was abducted last week from the house she was living in. It looked as if she packed her own clothes; the house was in order. But, the text messages show a terrified woman in need of help.
"That's my sister-in-law out there," said Jennifer.
Jennifer Williams tried texting Terrie. But, got this reply from Piunti instead: "She will be okay if you just stop texting and stop trying to call."
"Sounds like a threat," we said.
"Yeah," said Jennifer.
Of course, family admits, it's not possible to know who's on the other end of a text message.
The Williams family says this case is eerily similar to the Shirley Hodges case. Hodges, also from Rocky Mount, went missing last year for several months. All fingers pointed to the boyfriend. In the end, Hodges turned up dead. The Williams family says they are staying hopeful this is Terrie texting them and she will be okay.
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