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Local missing persons cases haunt investigators, family

Tristen Buddy Myers, Kynande Bennett & Rachel Natacha Owens Tristen Buddy Myers, Kynande Bennett & Rachel Natacha Owens

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The developing story out of Cleveland involving three missing women who were found alive years after their disappearance, is providing hope to investigators, family and friends of those who have disappeared in our area.

Tristen Buddy Myers – Missing since Oct 5, 2000

Myers disappeared thirteen years ago from his home in Roseboro, NC. He was four-years-old at the time.

In interviews with WECT, Buddy's aunt told us she laid down to take a nap; she thought Buddy was sleeping too but he walked out of the house and down highway 24 with their two dogs.

Days later, the dogs returned, but Buddy never did.

There was hope for the family in 2003, when a boy meeting Buddy's description was abandoned at a hospital in Chicago. However, DNA tests showed the boy was not Buddy.

To see what Buddy may look like today, follow this link.

Kynande Bennett - Sept. 29, 2002

Bennett's mother, Vartasha White-McCullough, reported that the four-year-old was abducted from the K-Mart in Whiteville.

Although her body was never found, authorities believe justice was served in the case.

Bennett's parents were originally both charged in connection with her disappearance.

The charges filed against her father, Eddie Kevin Bennett Jr., were eventually dropped.

In 2006, White-McCullough was convicted of homicide by child abuse.

She isn't expected to be released from prison in South Carolina until 2023.

Rachel Natacha Owens – Missing since May 2011

Brunswick County detectives are hoping for your help to find Rachel Owens. She went missing when she was 15. She was last seen getting into a small dark color car with a possible South Carolina tag at her school in Boiling Spring Lakes.

Authorities say she may have gone to Mexico in the company of Santos Pacheco-Sarmiento.

The Sheriff's Office is offering a $500 reward for information in the case.

Gaston Callum – Missing since November 2010

Callum was last seen running at the track at UNCW.

He disappeared without a trace. Callum lost his job and was evicted in the weeks prior to his disappearance.

According to the CUE Center for Missing Persons, Callum placed all of his artwork in a storage until and left behind a note on the back of a Michael Jordan photograph asking whoever received it to take care of it. 

His disappearance remains unsolved.

For more information and to see a picture of Callum, go to this website.

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