http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/02/12/984102/missing-womans-belongings-found.html#storylink=cpyMissing woman's belongings found
BY THOMASI MCDONALD - STAFF WRITER
February 12, 2011
RALEIGH -- Detectives have recovered some of the personal belongings of a missing woman whom authorities have been searching for since 2009.
The items recovered included Taveta Hobbs' computer, a personal journal, jewelry and two pairs of eyeglasses. The detectives also found a firearm, according to a search warrant application filed Wednesday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
Detectives say Taveta Hobbs' former husband, Phillip Hobbs, was living with a woman in Raleigh but moved out a little less than a year ago and left his former wife's belongings behind.
Taveta Hobbs, 45, whose last known address was 5809 Edgebury Road, was first reported missing to the Wake County Sheriff's Office by her brother, Clinton Crier, according to the search warrant application.
The sheriff's office launched an investigation in 2009 by contacting Phillip Hobbs, who told the detectives that his wife had "abruptly" left him and moved to California a year earlier.
The case was transferred to the Raleigh Police Department last year, sheriff's spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said Thursday.
During the years that Taveta Hobbs has been missing, investigators say there has been no credit activity, no family contact or employment history connected with her, court records show.
Detectives learned that Phillip Hobbs moved out of the home he shared with his former wife in 2009 and started living with a female acquaintance in the 4200 block of Irene Way in Raleigh, court records show.
He apparently didn't live there long, because he was charged in February 2010 with violating a domestic violence protection order at the Irene Way residence. He is scheduled to appear in court March 16 to answer to that charge.
Then late last year, the detectives searched the home on Irene Way in an effort to uncover more clues leading to the whereabouts of Taveta Hobbs. They also seized mail that belonged to her and photos of the Hobbses together, in addition to the other items, court records show.
Police say Taveta Hobbs worked in Cary. She stands about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.Police are urging anyone who knows Hobbs and her whereabouts, or people who think they may have seen her since November 2008, to call 919-996-3555.