Wood disappeared from Chocowinity, North Carolina in March 2007. She was a Dean's List student at Appalachian State University at the time, majoring in accounting. She went to visit her friend, Kelly Gaskins
, in Texas for spring break. Gaskins was also from Chocowinity, but she and her boyfriend, Ervin Braxton Williams, left town the day after Christmas in 2006.
The last time Gaskins's family heard from her was when she called her mother from Texas on January 15. Wood called a friend from Texas on March 10 and said she and Gaskins were going to go to Cancun in Mexico. Her black 2003 Nissan Sentra with the North Carolina license plate number TTZ-6801 disappeared with her and hasn't been recovered.
Photos of Williams are posted with this case summary. His date of birth is November 2, 1983, making him 23 years old in March 2007. He's described as Caucasian, 5'9 to 6'0 and 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. His nickname is Gotti.
Both Williams and Gaskins are wanted by the police. Gaskins is wanted for probation violation; she was on misdemeanor probation for drug possession in North Carolina and violated it by leaving the state. Williams is wanted for failure to appear in court to answer to charges of arson, burglary, cocaine and marijuana possession, and assault. Williams reportedly planned to go to Mexico to escape prosecution.
For years, law enforcement considered Gaskins a fugitive and refused to accept a missing persons report for her. A report was finally filed in 2015. Her family and Wood's are concerned for the women's safety. Their cases remain unsolved.