Virginia Lynne Wood

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left and Center: Wood, circa 2007;
Right: Age-progression to age 26 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 10, 2007 from Chocowinty, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 11, 1987
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, hazel eyes. Wood's nickname is Ginni. Her hair is naturally brown and was dyed red at the time of her disappearance. She has a small reddish birthmark below her right eye and a two-inch scar on the inside of her left thigh. Her eyebrow is pierced and she wears eyeglasses.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Wood disappeared from Chocowinty, 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 Chocowinty, 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.

    A photograph and vital statistics for Williams are posted below this case summary. Both he 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.


    Ervin Braxton Williams
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    Above Images: Ervin Braxton Williams

    Date of Birth: November 2, 1983
    Age: 23 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'9 - 6'0, 170 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Williams's nickname is Gotti.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    North Carolina Bureau of Investigation


    Source Information
    Online Magazine Formerly Known as Rob's Blog
    MySpace Page for Virginia Wood
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Kelly Gaskins | Daughter, Sister and Friend - Missing Since March 2007
    North American Missing Persons Network
    Official Cold Case Investigations
    Beaufort County Crime Stoppers
    Investigation Discovery


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 6, 2015; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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