Son tried to file missing persons report in Salisbury, Charlotte before his mother died – Reuters

SALISBURY — Sampson Kerns has been desperate to bring attention to his mother’s disappearance after realizing something was wrong.

Sampson’s mother Libby was last seen in July when she drove to work in Charlotte and never returned. Due to her mother’s story, Sampson initially assumed she had lost her phone and/or was living with someone outside of Salisbury. Police described her as homeless at the time of her death.

But Sampson and others grew concerned in October after months of no contact. The questions that began to bubble up prompted Sampson and his family to try and file a missing person report. He tried the Salisbury Police Department, but they told him to file a report in Charlotte. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Salisbury was the place to file a report, Sampson said.

The remains found in Huntersville on January 26 were confirmed to be Libby’s last week. Huntersville police told the Post that no missing person report had been filed, but the truth, Sampson said, was that he was turned away when he tried to file a report.

“He went to both places, but neither felt like it was up to him to file the report,” said Patty Shuffler, Sampson’s great-aunt.

Captain Brian Vaughan of the Huntersville Police Department said a person should file a missing person report based on the last known location of the missing person.

Vaughan said the Huntersville Police Department is awaiting a final medical examiner’s report to determine the cause of death and cannot comment further on the investigation until it receives the report and advises members of the family of conclusions.

Two people have been charged in connection with Kerns’ murder – Cody “Red” Camarda Graham, 36, and Christopher John Nailer, 43. Both face charges of first degree murder, kidnapping and concealment of death.

For much of Sampson’s life, Libby was a single mother, doing her best to support herself and her son, including cleaning and janitorial work. She loved to cook and go to parks, Sampson said.

Shuffler added that her biggest hobby is taking care of her son.

“She was a devoted wife and mother and put her family before herself,” Sampson said, adding that she “got mixed in with a bad crowd” before her death.

Shuffler now considers herself Sampson’s adoptive mother. On Tuesday, she was thinking of ways to make Sampson’s birthday on Wednesday special.

“I will try to make his birthday special for him. I feel like I have to,” Shuffler said. “(Libby) has always made her birthday special and it will be her first birthday without her.”

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