Billy Gene Hammonds
Hammonds, approximately 2016
Date reported missing : 11/26/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Lumberton, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/14/1980 (40)
Age at the time of disappearance: 36 years old
Height / Weight : 6'2, 160 - 175 pounds
Medical conditions : Hammonds is addicted to drugs.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Native American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Hammonds has multiple tattoos on his chest and both arms, including the names "Pamela" and "Bene" and praying hands, as well as a scar on the right side of his chest. His nickname is Bene.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hammonds was last seen in Lumberton, North Carolina at 10:30 p.m. on November 26, 2016, when he went to visit his mother on Pinwheel Circle. He said he'd be back in thirty minutes, but he never returned and has never been heard from again. His family reported him missing on December 9.
A few days prior to his disappearance, Hammonds was present at a police shooting. He was in the parking lot of the Dollar General store on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and while he was being handcuffed by Lumberton police officer Daniel Maurice Smith, Rebecca Muse Hunt tried to drive away in spite of Smith's repeated orders to stop. Smith was struck by the car door and shot Muse twice. She was severely injured, but survived.
The shooting was ruled justified, and it's unclear if it had any connection to Hammonds's disappearance four days later. He knew Muse through his drug involvement. There were rumors that he was shot and killed, and his father theorizes he stole drugs and was murdered by a drug dealer as a result. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Robeson County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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