HPD investigator continues working case of missing woman

HPD investigator continues working case of missing woman

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police are still actively investigating the disappearance of 25-year-old Falisa Carter, who was last seen on Nov. 25. Tuesday, Carter’s family and friends took their signs to the street, marching for their loved one.

“Today marks three months since my sister has been missing. We just want justice for my sister,” Iris Hinton said.

Bold signs lined River Avenue in Hattiesburg, carried by Carter’s children, her older sister, Hinton, and other family members and friends.

“She was a very outgoing female," Hinton said. "She loved her kids. I just want answers to why and what happened and where she could possibly be. It gets painful by the day.”

The march continued past Buschman Street to the Hattiesburg Police Department. Behind department walls, determined investigators work tirelessly on this open investigation. Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division, Branden McLemore, said this case went from a search and rescue mission to a criminal investigation.

Demarcus McGruder, 32, was arrested and charged with kidnapping on Dec. 4, 2018.

“Currently, the subject is charged with kidnapping, he is still incarcerated in the Forrest County Jail. He was denied a bond based on the fact of being a flight risk," McLemore said.

As days pass, McLemore said investigators continue to be in close contact with the Carter family updating them frequently on what’s happening.

“When it turned into a criminal investigation, there are certain things we have to keep within for successful criminal prosecution of that individual,” McLemore said.

With a goal of a conviction.

“I wish the best outcome of this investigation and we will get her justice,” McLemore said.

“Bring my sister home. I’m just ready to get my sister home,” Hinton said.

If you have any information you think might help investigators, contact HPD at 601-544-7900 or Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867 or submit an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com/364.

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