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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  • by robert on Apr 3, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    She should be held responsible for the cost of the time that law enforcement spent looking for her.She should have called someone to let them know she was ok so law enforcememt would not waste their time looking for her.MAKE HER PAY.
  • by Mary Location: Martin County on Apr 1, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    Thank you Lord! Great to see some good news on these threads!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    Bless her heart (?)! I guess she thought she was on vacation.....
  • by christina Location: washington on Apr 1, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    just a shame this woman has children and didn't bother to call and let THEM know she was ok. Even if they were with their father, these children need a loving caring mother. I know women who may have lost touch (mentally) but still make sure their kids are well taken care of and loved. that is what is wrong with the world. spit the kids out to get a check from my tax dollar.
  • by bipolar.... on Mar 31, 2011 at 09:08 PM
    Do some research on bipolar.. people with bipolar have a tendency to disappear for weeks. It's just part of the disease...
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      by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to bipolar....
      bipolar,just another phycho babble word.
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      by ok then on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM in reply to bipolar....
      I know some bipolar person, wish she would of had a tendency to disappear but honestly I don't know of any that is malice like her. I think she just plays that diagnosis off as an excuse.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Farmville on Mar 31, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    It's more than meet the eye 2 this story cause who's 2 say something else is'nt going on,we do not know all the facts but yet she is been judge,i hope for the kids sake she just did'nt do this on purpose cause if so she's a sick person who is in need of help...
  • by Elizabeth Location: Farmville on Mar 31, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    It's more than meet the eye 2 this story cause who's 2 say something else is'nt going on,we do not know all the facts but yet she is been judge,i hope for the kids sake she just did'nt do this on purpose cause if so she's a sick person who is in need of help...
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2011 at 04:31 PM
    She needs to get the bill for the number of man-hours spent searching for her. If you are a child, how could you love and trust a mother like her.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Mar 31, 2011 at 04:41 PM in reply to Bruce the Shark
      A) Bill her for the expense B) Social Services/Foster Homes is all they can look forward too if they are removed. Either way, they have a 50/50 success rate for making a positive contribution to society. Where's the Father/Baby's Daddy?
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        by Russ on Apr 1, 2011 at 07:12 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        50/50 success rate? You got to be kidding. The success rate for anyone on government aid is so low they won't even report the figures.
  • by SOMETHING SMELLS HERE on Mar 31, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    WITN, do you think we can get the rest of the story, because anyone can see there is more to it than what is on here. No way she can leave her kids for two weeks after being picked up by a stanger and not even call to say she was alright. VERY VERY FISHY.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    This story makes no sense. She should have to pay back all the money used in her search. How in the world do you run out of gas in eastern NC and wind up in sc?? I mean just leaving your vehicle in the road. Did she run on purpose? Is she a hostage? This is bizarre.
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