TONIGHT on 20/20: NC murder case brings attention to domestic violence

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Why would a woman who seemed to have it all, including a new husband and a 3-month-old baby, just vanish into thin air?

Shelby Wilkie disappeared without a trace on New Year's Day in 2012.

The lead detective on the case had a strong gut feeling that led police on a game of cat and mouse, according to ABC. A silver Tiffany bracelet may have been the ultimate clue.

A Henderson County jury in January convicted Wilkie, 41, of murdering his wife, Shelby Wilkie, 38, in 2012, reported Asheville's Citizen-Times.

Before her death, Shelby Wilkie twice filed domestic violence charges against her husband. Both were voluntarily dismissed.

Henderson County District Attorney Greg Newman told the Citizen-Times the reason given by ABC for their interest in the case was continued attention to domestic violence.

At 10 p.m. Friday, ABC's Matt Gutman spoke with Shelby Wilkie's family about the case. Stay tuned after 20/20 for Eyewitness News at 11 p.m.