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Vigil sheds light on the lost

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Gathering brings comfort to those with missing, murdered loved ones

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Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.03.20 AMLAURINBURG — They came from Scotland, Hoke, Robeson and Cumberland counties — some in jeans, some in heels and others in uniform. In wheelchairs and strollers, some old and some young, the strangers who came together Friday night at the Scotland County courthouse found one thing in common.
All they have left, is hope.
And all they can hope for is a miracle — that after months or years of silence, someone somewhere will come forward with some piece of information that will bring closure to their life that was put on pause when their daughter, niece, brother, mother or cousin went missing or was murdered.
“These victims get together and they get each others support,” said Monica Caison, founder of the Community United Effort for Missing Persons, or CUE. “No one else really knows what they are going through.”
Caison’s organization made Laurinburg its next-to-last stop on a more than 4,000-mile, 7-day tour across the country. The “On the Road to Remember Tour,” now in its 11th year, is a mission to keep those missing since as long ago as 1988 in the forefront of the minds of their respective communities.
Behind a candlelit display of photos and information about those lost in Scotland and the surrounding counties, family after family gave a plea for information, some speeches being delivered through tears. Authorities also spoke up, emphasizing that providing information that could close the chapter on a cold case does not make one a “snitch.”
“We can not do it alone,” said Laurinburg Police Lt. Richard Snipes. “We need the community’s support.”
As candles held by some 60 people began to illuminate the courthouse foyer, the Rev. Ruben Battle, of Jones Chapel, offered a final thought along those same lines.
“The best candle you can give someone is yourself,” he said. “Because these candles, they will burn out.”
Abbi Overfelt can be reached at 910-506-3023. Follow her on Twitter @aoinscotco.


Soldiers find human remains during training exercise in Hoke County

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
HOKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — An investigation is currently underway in Hoke County after human remains were found scattered in a wooded area Tuesday.

Officials said Fort Bragg soldiers participating in a navigation training exercise discovered the remains in the 600 block of North Hilltop Road, near Wagram, about 30 miles southwest of Fayetteville.

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The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division is currently conducting a death investigation, while members of the North Carolina State Medical Examiner’s Office have also been called in to assist in the investigation.

Authorities said the human remains appeared to be those of a male. They say the bones have been in the area for some time and are scattered around a large area.

The Fayetteville Police Department confirms they were called out to the scene Tuesday night. However, they were cleared. Until the remains are identified, they’re not ruling out it could be related to several open missing persons cases.

Hoke County investigators look into two cold cases

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The cases of Troy Lee Jacobs and Roger Chambers.

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HOKE COUNTY, N.C. — Two missing persons cases in Hoke County are getting a fresh look from investigators.

Both Troy Jacobs and Roger Chambers’ case puzzles detectives because there are few clues to work from. However, family members and law enforcement hold out hope that someone knows details that will help investigators.

“My daughter said ‘Whoever did this or has my daddy, [give] my daddy a chance to see me turn 16, to see me get my license, maybe my daddy won’t see me graduate from high school’,” said Cynthia Chambers, wife.

Cynthia Chambers and her family wonder everyday where their husband, father and best friend is. The last time anyone saw him was on Sept. 4, 2010. Witnesses put Chambers at a gas station in Red Springs along Highway 211.

“We can actually put him in a certain place at a certain time in Robeson County. Witnesses that saw him and talked to him. Here we are now, just like he totally vanished,” said Sheriff Hubert Peterkin, of Hoke County.

Chambers never told his wife who he was meeting, or what what that appointment was about the night he went missing.

“Around 9:48 p.m. I had a bad feeling and I began to call him, and it went straight to voice mail and I woke up at 2 a.m. and he still wasn’t home,” said Cynthia Chambers.

Hoke County investigators are looking at another similar case, although they do not believe they are connected. This cold case is 15-years-old.

Hoke County investigators look into two cold cases

Troy Jacobs was a family man, his wife said he loved his kids more than anything. He also mentored neighborhood kids.

His case even baffles Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin. Partly because Jacobs’ 1993 Toyota Camry with license plate YZF-4849 has never been found. Investigators are now asking for help from the public.

“We are encouraging the community if they find out anything or if they hear anything, we’re going to follow it, we’re not going to take it for granted,” said Sheriff Peterkin.

Jacobs, who is Native American was last seen in 1996 near Red Springs. There are reports that Jacobs may have owed someone some money, He even told his dad that he was fearful for his life.

It is unclear who Jacobs may have met that February night he went missing. All searches for him have been unsuccessful.

“We feel like any hint of information could be what we’re looking for to give us some closure on this,” said Perterkin.

Anyone with information about this case or others, please call the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office at 910-624-5562 or the CUE Center for Missing Persons tip line at 910-343-1131.






MAY 14, 1998-Whether he is alive or dead, Troy’s family needs to know what happened to him.

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By Pat Allen Wilson
Staff writer

Troy Lee Jacobs

This past Sunday was Troy Lee Jacobs’ 25th birthday, and his family would’ve loved to have celebrated it with him.
But his family has not heard from or seen Troy since Tuesday, February 27, 1996.

A neighbor, Ronnie Locklear, said he dropped Troy off at a 24-hour convenience store on NC Highway 211 in Red Springs between midnight and 1 a.m. Troy told Locklear he would see him later and got into a black Pontiac Grand Prix. That is the last time anyone will admit to seeing Troy.

Troy is not the sort who would go off and not let his family know where he is, says his father. “I taught my children if they ever go any place, say, to the beach, to call me when they arrived. They did that,” says Troy’s father, James F. Jacobs.

Jacobs cries when he says he thinks his son was murdered.

Troy had told his father he was “scared to go home.” Jacobs, who lives at Culbreth Estates MHP on Red Springs Highway, where Troy grew up, had suggested his son stay with him.

The family wants closure. Connie, Jacobs’ friend, says, “It hurts him every single day and night that he lives. He just can’t have any peace without closure.”

Jacobs’ wife died in 1984, and he and Connie helped each other with their children.

“Troy was a wonderful, loving child. He was always full of laughter and fun,” says Connie. “Troy loved me so much. He called me ‘Mom.’ It’s a loss for me, too. My heart hurts.”

Troy had worked on Overhills Farm, the large Rockefeller family estate north of Spring Lake, as a livestock tender for about five years, Jacobs says. When the U.S. Army bought the farm to become a part of Fort Bragg, Troy returned to this area to live and work. He was helping his uncle, Donald Henderson, with logging operations when he disappeared.

Jacobs is suspicious of an older man Troy became acquainted with when he lived in Spring Lake— a suspected drug dealer Jacobs knew only as George. He said he used to come to this area a lot to hunt, but after Troy disappeared, George never came back to Hoke County.

When he disappeared, Troy’s picture was in area newspapers and on TV news broadcasts. Fliers were posted, and the Hoke County Sheriff’s Department called in divers from Fort Bragg and Robeson County to drag ponds where Troy used to fish.

Troy’s family, including his brothers, sisters and his cousins, have also searched for him.

The family thinks the Hoke Sheriff’s Department has given up on Troy. “It’s like it’s a closed deal,” Jacobs says. That is not what Detective David Newton, who is now handling Troy’s case, says. He says he cannot talk about the case, however.

Troy was on probation when he disappeared. Jacobs says Troy had used drugs at one time. “I’m not going to lie about that,” he says. He also thinks it was a DWI charge that put Troy on probation.

Because Troy has not reported to his probation officer, as standard policy, the North Carolina Division of Adult Probation and Parole has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Jacobs, who confesses to returning to a drinking problem he had under control until his son was lost, says he has had shock treatments to try and block out his pain.
“He tries to block it out of his mind but it’s in his heart,” Connie says.

Jacobs desperately wants someone to come forward with information about Troy. He also wishes he had money to put up as a reward, he says, remembering the reward money authorized by Governor Jim Hunt for the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for the kidnapping, raping and killing of five-year-old Brittany Lynn Locklear here in January.
Newton says the sheriff’s department’s request for reward money from the state for Troy’s case was turned down.

Other sources who might be willing to help solve Troy’s disappearance are being sought. A Wilmington-based organization, Community United Efforts (CUE) for Missing Children’s Network, is interested in Troy’s case. CUE helps families of missing children, including those who are grown up, by funding posters, searches, memorials, trust funds and in other ways. Troy’s case has been taken before CUE’s board, and that group is looking into ways to help.

Monica Caison, president of CUE, is interested in obtaining the services of a psychic. She has contacted Sylvia Brown, touted to be a top psychic, but Brown is not taking any new cases.
Cason has asked that any psychic, who is willing to help in the case, come forward.

A TV special is in the making which will be devoted to missing persons and will be aired nationally. Producers of “Missing Without a Trace” hope the hour-long show will spin off into a series. Producer Donna Pedrick, who is collecting stories for the show, has asked for information on Troy’s case, to be reviewed for possible inclusion on the show.

The goal of the show is to not only feature missing persons cases but is to also search for missing people, Pedrick said.

Newton would like to see Troy’s case included in the show. He says he thinks it would help in the search for Troy.
Troy has been listed as a missing person with the National Crime Information Center and the North Carolina Center for Missing and Exploited Persons.

Whether he is alive or dead, Troy’s family needs to know what happened to him.

A Native American, Troy Lee Jacobs is 5’7″ tall and weighs about 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark blue pullover sweat shirt, black pants, green and white sneakers, and a blue Carolina hat.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hoke County Sheriff’s Department at 875-5111.

“Every time someone is at my door, I’m hoping it’s him,” Jacobs says, and he drops his head into his hands and weeps.

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AUGUST 24, 1998- Make no doubt about it, Troy Lee Jacobs, missing and believed to be dead, was loved.

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Troy Lee Jacobs has been missing since February 26, 1996. Of Lumbee heritage, he is 22 years old, weighs 130 pounds, and is 5’6″ tall with brown eyes and brown hair.

By Pat Allen Wilson
Staff writer

Make no doubt about it, Troy Lee Jacobs, missing since February 26, 1996 and believed to be dead, was loved. On Friday, when an organization called Community United Effort (CUE) and five members of his family met with Hoke County Sheriff’s Department Detective David Newton, other relatives, friends and members of the community showed up in support even though they could not attend the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to establish how CUE could help in finding Troy. CUE is a Wilmington-based organization that helps locate missing persons, both children and adults, and seeks to bring closure to their families. CUE’s motto is, according to Monica Cason, president, “No matter what it takes to bring them home.”
Caison speaks of  Troy in the past tense as do family members. “We feel we are definitely looking for his body,” she says. His father, James F. Jacobs, says he believes Troy was murdered. He said in May, when Troy would have been 25 years old, his son was not the sort to go off and not let his family know where he is. “I taught my children if they ever go any place, say, to the beach, to call me when they arrived. They did that.”

Troy told his father the night he became missing that he was afraid to go to the home in South Hoke he shared with a girlfriend, but he turned down an offer to stay with Mr. Jacobs at his Culbreth Estates MHP on Red Springs Highway.

A family friend who helped Jacobs rear his children after their mother died in 1984, said, “It hurts him every single day and night that he lives. He just can’t have any peace without closure.”

Jacobs, three of Troy’s uncles, a cousin, Caison and CUE Vice President Laura Rouse, who is also the case worker for Troy’s case, met with Detective Newton. Outside in support were about 30 family members and Christina Davis-McKoy of the NAACP, and commissioner-elect Tony Hunt.

Newton said a request for reward money from Governor Hunt had been turned down. However, CUE is offering a reward of $500 for any information leading to the recovery of Troy’s body. Rouse points out that the money doesn’t hinge on finding his killer or killers or even a conviction. “They just need to take us to Troy’s body,” she says.
Since Troy’s disappearance, the Sheriff’s Department has conducted searches to include putting divers in ponds where Troy used to fish. An area around the Campbell Soup plant in Robeson County was also searched with the aid of specially trained dogs. The family has searched as well, and fliers were distributed after his disappearance.
Efforts to get the State Bureau of Investigation involved in Troy’s case are being renewed.

CUE recently made up “massive amounts” of missing persons fliers, Caison says, and  this coming Saturday, August 29, friends and family will meet to distribute the fliers throughout Hoke and Robeson counties. Volunteers are being sought for this effort. Cason says only persons 18 and older will be utilized, and she requests that people bring identification with them.

Those interested in helping are asked to meet at Hoke County Holiness Church on Balfour Road. Area churches will provide food and drink for volunteers.

Further efforts of CUE to help find Troy are in the plans. Among those, Caison says producers of the television programs “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Missing Without a Trace” have been contacted.

Troy was last seen between midnight and 1 a.m. in Red Springs. A neighbor, Ronnie Locklear, said he dropped Troy off at a 24-hour convenience store on NC Highway 211 in Red Springs. He got into a black Pontiac Grand Prix and told Locklear he would see him later.

Troy was wearing a dark blue pullover sweat shirt, black pants, green and white sneakers and a blue Carolina hat.
Anyone who has information relating to Troy’s disappearance is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 875-5111. They emphasize that a call made during business hours will not reveal the location of the caller.

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SEPTEMBER, 1998-Efforts to find Troy Lee Jacobs are ongoing.

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By Pat Allen Wilson
Staff writer

Troy Lee Jacobs

Efforts to find Troy Lee Jacobs, a 22-year-old Hoke County man who disappeared in February of 1996, are ongoing. Plans are to distribute flyers this coming Sunday, September 13.

Community United Efforts (CUE), a Wilmington-based, non-profit organization which helps locate missing persons, has joined authorities and family members in finding out Troy’s fate. He is believed to have been murdered.

CUE is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of Jacobs’ body. Monica Caison, CUE president, points out that the reward doesn’t hinge on finding his killer. The goal is to locate Jacobs’ body in order to bring closure to the family and to bury him beside his mother, who died in 1984.

Plans to distribute the flyers on August 29 were thwarted by Hurricane Bonnie, and Sunday’s date is a rescheduling of that effort.

Caison says many flyers have been made up with Jacobs’ photo and pertinent information. Volunteers are being sought to help give out the flyers. Plans are to distribute them in both Hoke and Robeson counties.

Persons 18 years old or older are asked to join the flyer distribution efforts, and Caison requests that they bring identification. Volunteers are asked to meet at Pine Grove Holiness Church, 1637 Andrews Road, (off Red Springs Road) after church. They should be at the church no later than 1:30 p.m., according to a relative. Members of the congregation will serve sandwiches and drinks, he said.

Troy Lee Jacobs, of Lumbee heritage, is described as 5’6″ or 5’7″ inches tall and weighing 130 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen between midnight and 1 a.m. at a convenience store on NC Highway 211 in Red Springs. He was wearing a dark blue pullover sweat shirt, black pants, green and white sneakers and a blue Carolina cap.

Anyone who has information on Troy’s disappearance is asked to call the Hoke Sheriff’s Department at 875-5111.

SEPTEMBER, 1998-Troy Lee Jacobs’ family wants to know what happened to him

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Monica Caison of Community United Effort (C.U.E.) goes over maps of Hoke and Robeson counties with James Jacobs, left, Troy Lee Jacobs’ father, and Roman Jacobs, Troy’s uncle. (Pat Allen Wilson photo)

Troy Lee Jacobs’ family wants to know what happened to him, and Community United Effort (C.U.E.), a nonprofit organization based in Wilmington, has joined the family and the Hoke County Sheriff’s Department in efforts to locate his whereabouts.

Jacobs’ disappearance two and one-half years ago is being treated as a homicide, and most family members say they believe he is dead and that he was murdered.

On Sunday, C.U.E. representatives met with Detective David Newton and family members as well as other concerned citizens to begin a campaign to “blitz” Robeson and Hoke counties with information on Jacobs and his disappearance. Flyers and posters are being distributed to businesses and stores throughout the two counties.

Jacobs, who was 22 when he was last seen at a convenience store on Highway 211 in Red Springs, disappeared on February 26, 1996. The description on flyers states he was 5’6″ tall, weighed 130 pounds, had brown eyes and dark brown hair, and was wearing a long-sleeve white, light blue and dark blue shirt that zips up the front, black jeans, Carolina Tarheel cap and white Nike tennis shoes. Other descriptions indicate his shirt was a pullover and there was some green on his shoes.

Troy Lee Jacobs

Jacobs is of Lumbee heritage.

C.U.E. is offering a $500 reward for information leading to Jacobs’ recovery. President Monica Caison points out that the reward is not for an arrest or conviction but for information leading to the recovery of Jacobs’ body or knowledge of his whereabouts.
“If we just knew what happened…,” Jacobs’ maternal grandfather, Thedford Henderson, said Sunday, repeating similar comments made by other family members.

Sunday’s meeting was held at the Piney Grove Holiness Church on Andrews Road. The church is pastored by Troy’s uncle on his mother’s side, the Rev. Samuel Henderson. Troy’s mother died when he was a child.
James F. Jacobs, Troy’s father, said he is optimistic C.U.E.’s efforts to locate Troy will help. “We’re hoping to get something generated,” he said.

James Jacobs said in May, on the occasion of Troy’s 25th birthday, Troy is not the kind of person who would go off and not let his family know his whereabouts. He said he had taught his children to call him whenever they left the area and they did. The night Troy disappeared, he said he was “scared to go home” but refused an invitation to spend the night with his father.

C.U.E.’s efforts will not be limited to the posters, flyers and reward offer. Other avenues will be followed including the mailing of information cards to every residence in Hoke and Robeson counties if nothing comes from the initial efforts. Also, a “very professional” hotline will be set up, according to Cason. She said three TV and seven radio stations and eight newspapers have been asked to promote publicity about Troy’s case.
The producers of two nationally syndicated TV programs, “Missing Without a Trace” and “Unsolved Mysteries,” have been contacted.

State Bureau of Investigation officers are reviewing Troy’s case this week. Detective Newton has said he cannot discuss the case, and recently family members have expressed satisfaction with the way the Sheriff’s Department is handling Troy’s case.

Newton says he think C.U.E.’s involvement in the case is “excellent. I just hope it produces some results of some kind.”

C.U.E., made up of volunteers, works to promote awareness on safety, prevention and recognition of issues surrounding missing people in this country. Services are free to the families with missing loved ones.

C.U.E. learned of Troy’s case and the agony of his family when The News-Journal contacted them in April. Troy’s father had called asking for our help.

C.U.E. members want closure for Troy’s family.

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