Rocky Mount Police say a mother who didn't show up to pick up her children as planned is no longer a missing person. Mary Williams was found safe in Rocky Mount around 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from police.
Police said Williams "did not want her family to be aware of her location."
Williams was reported missing after she didn't pick up her children on Sunday. Police say they will continue to investigate possible child neglect charges. Williams has two children, ages 11 and 12.
Many were concerned that Williams could have been a victim in a string of attacks on black women in Rocky Mount. Their bodies have been found in remote areas of Edgecombe County over the past four years.
The friend who reported Mary Michelle Williams missing told WITN News that the woman was found safe.
Police say they've received information that the woman was spotted in Enfield and continue to try to locate her.
There's another missing black woman in Edgecombe County, the latest is a 40-year-old woman last seen Sunday in Rocky Mount.
Police say Mary Michelle Williams was last seen on Old Wilson Road. They are now checking out reports the woman was seen in Enfield Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities are not saying whether they believe Williams' disappearance is in anyway connected to a string of murders that involved black women. Their bodies were found in remote areas of Edgecombe County.
Police say Williams frequents the Drake community, as well as hotels in the Rocky Mount area and drug areas. Police say Williams stopped by a friends home Sunday morning to pickup her two children. The friend told her the children were at a home on South Tillery Street. Williams never picked up the children.
She is 5'8', 215 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and has a medium complexion. Williams was last seen wearing a pink shirt and Capri style shorts. She drives a blue 1996 Dodge Neon 4-door. The car has NC registration YPT 4809.
If anyone locates Williams or has information to assist with this missing persons case, please contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 972-1411 immediately.