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HAPPENING NOW: Body of Shannon Rippy found; Arrest made

WILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWSONLINE.COM) — An arrest has been made in the disappearance of Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk, an official said this morning.

The Wilmington Police Department will hold a press conference to announce the arrest and information on Vannewkirk at 9:30 a.m. today, said WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

Vannewkirk, 53, has been at the center of an extensive police and community search. She was reported missing April 6 after she failed to show up for her birthday celebration the day before. She was last seen in downtown Wilmington leaving The Husk bar, 31 S. Front St., about 7 p.m. April 5. Surveillance cameras captured her as she entered The Husk at 3 p.m.


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