911 call: ‘...the car like disappeared inside the tree’

Car registered to missing woman found weeks after she and fiance went missing

WPD car found registered to missing woman

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - 911 calls reveal that someone saw a grey car speed down Independence Boulevard and fly through River Road on April 15, the night two women were last seen in Wilmington.

“Listen this is like, really serious,” the 911 caller said. “The car didn’t stop at the stop sign and keeps driving so fast...I was seeing with my back mirror - the car smashed the wall there."

As the caller waited for emergency crews to respond to the area, he continued to explain what he had seen in his left side mirror, “the car like disappear[ed] inside the tree.”

Emergency crews searched the area that night, but didn’t find the car.

Weeks later, police reported a grey 2013 Dodge Dart registered to 25-year-old Paige Escalera was found just after 3 p.m., May 4, outside of Watermark Marina off of River Road with two unidentified bodies inside.

Escalera and Stephanie Mayorga, 27, were reported missing after they were last seen leaving their South Kerr Avenue apartment on April 15. Friends, family and strangers had been conducting searches throughout Wilmington for any trace of the missing pair.

On Thursday morning, it will not be releasing any further information on the case at this time.

“The investigation into the discovery of 25-year-old Paige Escalera’s Dodge Dart, Monday, is ongoing,” a new release states. "For this reason, Wilmington Police will not release any additional information until the investigation has been completed.

"This is a tragic case, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions — not only for the media and for the public, but for investigators as well. The WPD Traffic Unit has been working to piece together what happened that night, as it appears the vehicle was involved in a high-velocity crash that ended in an area of thick vegetation. The two bodies found in the vehicle are undergoing an autopsy this week. Police are also looking into the 911 call placed on April 15.

“We appreciate your patience as investigators work diligently to find accurate and complete answers.”

The WPD also said it plans to hold a news conference next week on the investigation.

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