Missing Union County woman found dead in Jackson County, deputies say

Deputies said the body of Alison Thomas was found in Jackson County, N.C. earlier this week.
Alison Thomas leaves behind two daughters and a family desperate for answers.
Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 5:02 PM EST
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UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A missing 37-year-old woman from Union County has been found dead in western North Carolina, deputies have confirmed.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, deputies in Jackson County, which is just south of Cherokee, N.C., found a woman’s body earlier this week.

Deputies said a preliminary investigation revealed the woman as Alison Thomas, who was last seen on Feb. 13 on Flint Ridge Road in the Marshville area. She was reported missing days later on Feb. 17.

Deputies have ruled the death of 37-year-old Alison Thomas as a homicide.

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Union County investigators had been searching for Thomas since her disappearance, with local community members also joining together to form search parties for the missing woman.

Members of Thomas’ family says they have no connections to Jackson County or that area of the state, so they’re hoping somebody comes forward with information that can bring them closure and justice.

On Thursday night, Thomas’ family gathered at a park to grieve together and honor her life.

“I know in all my heart that someone knows something. And all we want to know is answers; we don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Sunshine Thomas, Alison’s sister, said.

Thomas leaves behind two daughters and a family desperate for answers.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with authorities in Jackson County and with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to determine who is responsible.

Detectives ask that anyone with information pertaining to this case contact the sheriff’s office in either county.

Anyone with information that leads to an arrest could receive a reward of up to $5,000.

Thomas’ death is considered an isolated incident, and authorities say there is no cause for concern amongst the public.

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