Statesville Police identify body of missing woman nearly a year after finding her


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The family of a missing Statesville woman says they’re just now finding out a body found in a creek last summer was their loved one Deborah Sabra.

Sabra went missing on June 1 of 2017. Two weeks later, a body was found in a creek less than a mile from her home.

It’s taken the better part of a year, but sabra’s family says authorities have finally identified the body as sabra’s.

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“We really feel she would’ve been found alive,” said Sabra’s sister-in-law Meka Davis. 

Davis, says the family is frustrated with what it calls a lack of action from the Statesville Police Department, adding that it took well over a week after sabra went missing for police to put together a search team.

FOX 46 Charlotte reached out to the police department for an update and have yet to hear back.

The family is disappointed in the Statesville Police Department for “the carelessness and the recklessness and the nonchalantness of everything. 

Now, family says the autopsy report points to hypothermia as her cause of death, but they feel there’s more to her death and are having a second autopsy performed.

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“It’s really heartbreaking to see my wife have to wonder every day to what happened.”

As questions and what if’s remain, family is organizing a vigil for Saturday evening, March 31, in Statesville, but they say it’s not an ending to their search for answers from police.

“No one deserves anything like that,” Davis said. 

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