LINCOLNTON – Five years ago this week, Toasha Nicole Rice left a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County and climbed into a black four-door sedan driven by a white woman.
That’s the last time anyone reported seeing her.
Detectives interviewed family members and a number of people she was known to associate with, none of whom provided clues about her whereabouts, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
In the months after Rice’s disappearance, officers used a K9 team to search a large wooded area off Sorrells Baxter and Eaker roads, around the old Massapoag Mill in Lincolnton and several other locations outside the county, the sheriff’s office said.
“Since I have been in office we have continued to receive tips from the public,” said Sheriff Bill Beam. “The investigation is ongoing as deputies follow up on the information and tips that have come, but unfortunately none of the information has panned out.”
The sheriff added that his office will continue to publicize the case with the hope that it will trigger someone’s memory.
Rice, who went by “Nikki Green” on her Facebook page, is a white female who was 27 years old when she disappeared. She is 5-feet-6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.
Anyone with information about the missing woman is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
Detectives will follow up all leads, the sheriff’s office said.
Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous. Tips leading to an arrest could earn a $1,000 reward.