High Point woman missing after Rowan stop for car trouble

Published 12:13 pm Thursday, July 9, 2020

By Shavonne Potts


SALISBURY — Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into the disappearance of a High Point woman who was last seen after her vehicle became disabled in Rowan County earlier this week.

A silver alert was issued Wednesday for 42-year-old Nenna Leshea Williford by the N.C. Center for Missing Persons.  According to the alert, Williford may be suffering from dementia or other cognitive impairment. She was last seen on northbound Interstate 85 near mile marker 65, before exit 68 to China Grove/U.S. 29. Williford and her son are both missing.

On Thursday, July 2, Williford called her mother around 10:30 p.m. to say her vehicle broke down on I-85 and asked if she could send someone to get her. Williford told her mother she borrowed a cellphone from a man who stopped to help her. A family member drove to meet Williford but discovered she and her son were gone and her car was still on the side of the road.

On Friday, July 3, Williford’s mother called her around 6:30 a.m. but did not receive a response.

Investigators spoke with the man from whom Williford borrowed a cellphone. He told them his car had a flat tire not far from Williford and that she asked him to help her, too. She also asked the man to drive her to High Point. The man told Williford he couldn’t drive her anywhere until he fixed his flat. She became upset, and he returned to fixing his tire, according to a report.

But Capt. John Sifford, of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators believe she was in High Point on Tuesday at Superior Foods, 220 North Centennial Street, near her home. It’s not clear how she got there.

Sifford said, according to Williford’s mother, her daughter left home in April for about 10 to 15 days before she returned to her home in the High Point area.

Anyone with information on Williford’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700.