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Marking the one year anniversary of the disappearance of Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk

Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk (Source: WECT) Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk (Source: WECT)
Murder suspect James Bradley (Source: New Hanover Jail) Murder suspect James Bradley (Source: New Hanover Jail)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Sunday marks the one year anniversary of Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk's disappearance. She was last seen in downtown Wilmington on April 5, 2014.

Police still have not found her body, even though a man has been charged with killing her.

In her first interview since Shannon's disappearance, we talked to her mother, Bobbi Lewis, who told us about her heartbreak over losing Shannon.

She's pleading with the man accused of killing her, James Bradley, to tell police where Shannon's body is hidden.

Bradley is currently behind bars in New Hanover County, and this isn't the first time he's faced charges of murder.

In 1988, he was convicted of killing his 8-year-old stepdaughter, a crime he served time for until 2013.

Lewis said she had a conversation with her daughter about Bradley's past.

“She had told me about him and I was a little concerned,” Lewis said. “She said they'd never let him out if he was alright.” 

Monday on WECT News at 6, we're taking a closer look at the case and the unanswered questions that keep Lewis up at night.

Also, Wednesday, April 8, Shannon's family is inviting friends and searchers to gather at the Husk in downtown Wilmington at 5:30 p.m. to remember Shannon and thank those who have helped her family through this difficult year. 

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