The girls’ biological mother, Janette Hess, told reporters her husband took her girls on Thursday September 24, and she has not seen them since.
“It’s been a nightmare, I’ve been living in a nightmare,” Hess told reporters.
Authorities said Keara Hess, who hasn’t told anyone who the father of her unborn child is, was scheduled for a medical procedure the day she disappeared. Officials did not say what kind of procedure it was, but they indicated it is one that she needs right away.
Officials said Keara became pregnant when she and her younger sister, Sierra lived with their stepfather in Lincoln County while her parents were separated.
Matthew has been married to the girls’ mother for 11 years.
Matthew Hess was last seen driving a forest green 1993 Ford Explorer with North Carolina tag YTE-8014. Authorities said the back passenger window is broken and covered with Plexiglass and duct-taped in place."