The Knox County Sheriff's Office says it received a report that Fischer left her parents' home Monday, and that her roommate called Fischer's parents Wednesday saying she never made it home.
The Ashe County Sheriff told Eyewitness News that Fischer's phone was pinged in Ashe County Thursday. He says her family has a condo in the area, but neither she nor her car were there. Instead, tracking her phone brought them to a rugged area.
"It would be unusual for her to be in the area she is in, it's rugged, rough country to be in with type vehicle she's driving," said Ashe County Sheriff James Williams.
He said the phone was pinged over the county line into Wilkes County late Thursday afternoon. He said it's not clear why the signal was moving. He said the mountainous area may be making it difficult.
He said the phone either died or was turned off Friday. A North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter has been focusing on the area trying to find Fischer's car.
"It doesn't add up and I'm very concerned," said Stafford.
Stafford said her friend is very careful. She wouldn't just go somewhere without letting someone know. She wants to know what happened and exactly where her friend's car traveled between Monday and now. Stafford says she will make sure every lead is investigated and that no rock is left unturned. She is asking for anyone with information to call police "so we can bring our girl home," said Stafford.
According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office report, Fischer's father did tell police his daughter was upset about her divorce when she left Monday. But Stafford said her friend has been dealing well with that and leaning on her friends and family along the way.
Investigators said Fischer may be driving a Silver 2004 Infiniti with a North Carolina license plate, XYH-6678.
Anyone with information on Fischer's whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately.
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