The current status of this case is unclear, but the last reports were back in 2018, four years after Meta Valentine went missing. The last time anyone had contact with the 42-year-old was in Fayetteville, North Carolina back on October 28, 2014, when Meta reportedly spoke with her mother on the telephone at approximately 10:30 p.m. She was said to have been speaking in “riddles” and was difficult to understand. Earlier, Meta was captured by surveillance cameras walking toward her apartment complex on Sycamore Park off Old Wilmington Road following a neighborhood watch meeting.
According to reports, Meta was not the type to vanish, especially without notifying her loved ones. She was said to have spent much of her time at church and even acted as a secretary and choir director at Deliverance and Praise Church of Worship. There are also reports stating that Meta Valentine complained about her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Reginald McDowell, who is the father to one of her children. Their relationship had a documented history of domestic violence that landed McDowell in prison.
Meta and McDowell first met in high school but their romance was not an easy road. By 1999, Meta was dating someone new, a man named Kenneth D. Thompson. That year, Meta and Kenneth were reportedly bound, gagged, pistol-whipped, and placed into the trunk of a vehicle.
McDowell had kidnapped the couple.
He was later charged with “two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of first-degree burglary and shooting into an occupied vehicle,” reports the Fayetteville Observer. In 2001, McDowell was sentenced to 15 years behind bars but was released in 2011. Once he was free, Meta reunited with her ex.
Their relationship lasted until October 11, 2014, when Meta Valentine decided to end things with McDowell. That was just 11 days before she vanished.
One the day she went missing, Meta is seen on surveillance footage walking toward her apartment complex, but also in the frame is what looked to be a frightening situation. At one point, Meta stood for but a few seconds and stared at a vehicle. Then, suddenly, she took a few steps before running in the direction of her home. Once she makes it around the corner, the person in the vehicle, a man, takes off running after her.
Investigators believe that the man is Reginald McDowell.
It would not be until 2018 that police would officially charge McDowell in connection with Meta’s disappearance. Warrants were issued for first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder, but McDowell was nowhere to be found. Early on in the investigation, McDowell was reportedly cooperative with police, however, that soon ended.
McDowell has since disappeared and police continue to search for him. He reportedly has not had contact with his relatives in the Fayetteville area and it has been stated that it is believed that he is somewhere hiding in New York City.
Meta Valentine remains missing.
Meta Valentine's son, DeMario reads the last Facebook message he received from his mother. He told me he's taking her disappearance one day at a time. At 11: we hear from him on the charges filed against his mother's boyfriend. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/KxPms15Kwa
— Akilah Davis (@DavisABC11) March 30, 2018
“We’re getting close to closure, which is a great thing,” Meta’s son DeMario Valentine told reporters back in 2018. “If she could take care of you,
she would try to. she loved to eat, which is why I love to cook. It’s just hard because I always wanted her there when I got married and had kids … and I’m hoping there’s still a chance that happens.”
At the time of her disappearance, Meta Valentine stood 5 feet to 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed between 160 to 165 pounds. She had brown eyes (she sometimes wore contact lenses) and her hair was dyed strawberry blonde, but its natural color was black/dark brown. Both of her ears were pierced. Meta went by the nickname “Mimi” and had at least two tattoos: a flower on her upper arm and a heart on her breast. She was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, grey sweatpants, and flip-flops. Meta would be 50-year-old at the time of this publication.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Sergeant M. Ballard with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 549-7326, Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). or their local authorities. The agency case number is 14-032112.
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