Lincoln County woman found dead in Virginia 18 hours after being reported missing: Sheriff

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A Lincoln County woman was found dead in Virginia less than 18 hours after she was reported missing, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, around 9:45 p.m., deputies responded to a missing person’s call in the 3500 block of Imperial Lane in Lincolnton. Family members made the call because they were concerned when she didn’t return home.

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Officials say 31-year-old Taylor Hope Unell was missing from the camper she was living in and was last seen around 7:25 a.m. by her boyfriend.

Detectives were able to find her location using her phone carrier, which was pinged near I-77 in Virginia just past the North Carolina state line. Virginia State Police were also contacted and helped with the search.

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At 3:37 on Tuesday, Virginia State Police found Unell dead in her vehicle at a rest area in Virginia, officials confirmed.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police are investigating this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

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