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A woman who was supposed to have a C-section at a hospital is missing, according to her daughter.
Salisbury police told Channel 9 they are looking for 49-year-old Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther after speaking to her daughter, Lauren Lusk.
Lusk told reporter Tina Terry she traveled from Kansas City to visit her mom. Bradshaw-Crowther, who had a high-risk pregnancy, was expected to be at the hospital Tuesday morning.
Lusk was staying with her mother, and went to get gas before returning to take her to the hospital.
“I needed to get gas and she told me to leave and be back in 15 minutes, and we were gone maybe seven or eight minutes, and when we got back she was gone,” Lusk told Channel 9.
Lusk said when she returned to the house it was unlocked. The lights were off and her mother’s van was gone.
Police said Crowther could be traveling in a champagne-colored 2001 Mazda MPV. The van has a Kansas tag number: QKP711.
"The longer she was gone … it was 6 and we were supposed to be at the hospital. That's when I knew there was something to worry about,” Lusk said.
Police checked surrounding hospitals with no success. They could tell someone called another number from her phone about 20 minutes after she disappeared. It is unclear whose number it was. Her phone is now off.
Police confirm that Crowther was last seen at a convenience store in Statesville. During a Channel 9 interview with Lusk on Friday, one of the investigators showed up at the home to get written statements.
Lusk said her mom has a medical disorder, which is why her pregnancy is considered high-risk.
"She cannot give natural birth, and that's why our family is so worried,” Lusk said. “Because if she does go into labor she won't make it."
She’s praying someone has information that will bring her mom and best friend home.
“Please call. We are scared, and we miss her. We want to know she's OK,” Lusk said.
Lusk said the baby’s father has not heard from her either. Authorities said she could possibly be enroute to the Linville Gorge area.
Anyone with information on Bradshaw-Crowther's whereabouts is asked contact the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.
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