Missing Onslow County Mom Found Safe In Myrtle Beach

A missing Onslow County mother of three has been found safe in Myrtle Beach.

Deputies say Shirleyleta Torres called her mother around 11:00 p.m. last night and told her she was fine. The woman told deputies she had been staying with a woman who picked her up on Highway 17 after her truck ran out of gas.

A news release says Torres was "staying at a good Christian lady's home."

Wednesday deputies conducted a large-scale search for Torres near last week's massive wildfire at Camp Lejeune. Her truck had been found parked in the median of Highway 17, just south of Verona.

It's not known when Torres will return to Onslow County.

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Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says they're concern that a mother of three hasn't been seen for more than a week and a half.

Wednesday deputies conducted a large-scale search for Shirleyleta Torres near last week's massive wildfire at Camp Lejeune.

Torres was last seen March 19th and reported missing last Thursday. Deputies say on Saturday the woman's abandoned pickup truck was found on the shoulder of US 17, between Verona and Dixon.

Her pickup truck was out of gas and headed south when found by state troopers. WITN's Amanda Paul says she noticed the truck parked on the highway last Thursday while covering the wildfire at Camp Lejeune.

The woman's husband, Pedro Torres, told WITN News that his wife is bipolar and this wasn't the first time she has disappeared.

Deputies centered their search Wednesday near the area where the truck was found. The effort involved canines, ATV's and searchers on foot.

The 34-year-old Torres has 10, 12 and 14 year old children. The Midway Park woman is black, 5'2" tall and weighs 250 pounds.

Deputies say they have been searching for the woman since her disappearance, but today's search is their first large-scale effort.

Anyone who has seen Torres should call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

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