Beaufort County Missing People Case Profiled On National TV

It's been close to five years since three people from the east told their families they were heading to Mexico and have never been heard from again. Now their case will be featured on a national television program to help generate some leads.

Virginia "Ginni" Woods of Chocowinity, her friend Kelly Gaskins and Kelly's boyfriend, Ervin Williams of Chocowinity disappeared back in March of 2007. The Beaufort County sheriff's office says Ginni left her dorm at Appalachian State University to meet Kelly in Texas.

Ginni called her mother to say she was going to Cancun, Mexico for spring break. She drove her Nissan Sentra, but that car has never been found. Family members believe the three could be still alive and the sheriff's office has been working small leads, but have hit road blocks along the way.

"We don't have the authority or the funding to travel to Texas or much less to another country to follow up on leads in a case like this, so it's very frustrating, because even though these three are adults... your heart goes out to the families left behind wondering what happened to their loved ones," said Beaufort Co. Sheriff's Office Major Kenneth Watson.

Ervin Williams has a criminal past and is wanted for an arson case. His girlfriend Kelly Gaskins is facing a parole violation. While Ginni Woods had no criminal history and expected to return to school. Ginni's family hired private investigators to help search for her in Mexico, but with no luck.

The Investigation Discovery Channel featured their story at 9:00 pm Monday to shed more light on this cold case.


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  • by Concerned on Feb 23, 2012 at 04:13 AM
    The girls have changed their appearance and where seen over two years ago back in Chocowinity but noone followed up on it. Their vehicle was even spotted so go figure.
  • by friend of a friend on Jan 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
    I was told by a friend of the mother that Ginni had been found & wanted no contact with family
  • by mother Location: greenville on Jan 14, 2012 at 09:28 AM
    i am sorry about ur child, i know how u feel, i have a child missing also, good luck and god bless you .
  • by OldFriend on Jan 12, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    My heart goes out to the families!! After all this time, some closure is needed. I don't think these people "ran away". I think they are victims of foul play. Along with the drug wars, they never mentioned getting sold into slavery. Big thing in mexico too!
  • by 40some on Jan 10, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    Mexico? Not good and not saying what's on my mind.
  • by anonymous Location: greenville on Jan 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
    I thought this person had been found & wanted to be left alone
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jan 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    There is a difference between missing and not wanting to be found.
  • by mother Location: greenville on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    my son been missing for 23 years, and i have no luck in finding him it is a nightmare believe me, he was 28 now he is 50 his name is Vincent Tracy Gregory.from conn. missing out of n.y. in 1989;
  • by Concern Location: ENC on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    I am sorry for the families involved. The unknown is hard to deal with I am sure. Watching the program I thought the BCSD spoke persons spoke very professional in the interviews.
  • by NyanNyan Location: Chocowinity on Jan 10, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    Wood, not Woods. Ervin Williams is from Blounts Creek, not Chocowinity.
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