The next article from the Lenoir News-Topic dated Wednesday, August 20, 1919, read:
Asheville woman gone!
Search of Wilson Gorge fruitless
MORTIMER – An Asheville woman staying in a rental house on Wilson Creek disappeared
Saturday. A subsequent search of Yellow Buck Mountain and the Wilson Creek Gorge turned
Sharon Hutchinson, 28, of Asheville, was reported missing on Saturday evening by friends
The farmer looked at him for a moment and then climbed slowly down the ladder.
“Why you goin’ there?” he asked. “Ain’t nothin’ good there.”
“That’s what I’m hearing,” Fuller said. “I’ve been hired to investigate the house and see that it’s still intact. By William Abington; he’s apparently the owner of the house now.”
“All right, there’s been some strange things going on up there.”
“I think I know what’s
Fuller tried the roll-top and it closed and opened easily with a rattle. He remembered that Atkinson said he had put some books and manuscripts in the house. He wondered why they were not in the study and looked over the books in the bookshelf but didn’t see anything like what Atkinson had described.
Examining the ledgers proved them simple accounting books. However, the 1915 book, which lay by itself, showed a change in mortgage payments and an influx of money, as if the owner
“I am very eager for the morning to get here,” he said. “Needless to say. The stories we’ve heard and what happened to McAfee. There are a couple of notes inside the house itself that are disturbing. Someone’s been in since the last time because we were told they boarded it up after it was broken, but the board was already off. Someone has already come in.”
“That’s remarkable because, when I was coming here, it felt like someone was watching me,” Nurse Brannigan said.
The house was eerily quiet and Fuller asked if they wanted to go to the basement.
McAfee led the way down the stone stairs, a lantern in one hand and his revolver in the other. Nurse Brannigan followed him while Fuller brought up the rear with another lantern and his own gun. In the basement below, an iron furnace stood in one corner, a duct going up to the ceiling above and a pipe connecting it with the chimney. The hatch in the front of the device was open. A door stood ajar