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Missing woman known to frequent Wilson; disappearance ruled suspicious

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Authorities are seeking the public's help to find a 71-year-old Johnston County woman whose disappearance has been ruled suspicious.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office released additional information in the search for Kathy Thomas on Wednesday. Deputies had first announced she was missing on Dec. 4.

"Kathy Thomas was last known to be at her residence on or around Nov. 23," sheriff's Capt. Jeff Caldwell said in a news release. "Family members or friends have not had contact with Ms. Thomas since that date. Johnston County Sheriff's Office investigators have determined that the daily routine of Ms. Thomas has ended since the weekend of Nov. 23, 2018. Ms. Thomas is known to frequent the Wilson city area."

Thomas lives on the 7100 block of N.C. 222 West outside Kenly, which is in a rural area of Johnston County near the Wilson County line.

Caldwell said the sheriff's office "considers the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Kathy Thomas to be suspicious," but said additional details could not be released due to the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information on Thomas' current or recent whereabouts is asked to call the Johnston County Sheriff's Office at 919-989-5010.

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