On March 19, the fashion blogger from North Carolina was reported missing. Her name was Vatsla Watkins, and she was 39-years-old. As it turned out, a boater reported a body floating out in the water around Buster Boyd Bridge in Charlotte, North Carolina, placing the call to police around 5:45 pm on Sunday. The 911 call came just days after police called off the search for Watkins, considering her disappearance a lost cause.
Watkins was a well-liked fashion blogger who went missing in the middle of March. She left her home in her Mercedes-Benz but never came home. A few days later on March 22, the vehicle was found abandoned at a private marina on Lake Wylie.
The discovery of her vehicle prompted local authorities to launch a full-fledged search into her disappearance. Now that they had some evidence, they knew where to look. They searched the water for a week and other parts of the surrounding area.
On Friday at 5 pm, the police gave up the search. Although they were very sorry to stop looking for the missing mother, they had not been able to find her and decided to dedicate their resources to other pertinent matters.
Although the identity of the body found floating in North Carolina waters has yet to be shared with the public, many people believe it could belong to the missing mother. If that were the case, then the location of Watkins would be solved, but the reason for her disappearance would still be a mystery.
On April 16, Vasi’s husband shared a note on her blog.
“I wanted to let you all know today I picked up Vatsi’s cremated remains. She finally has come home, although of course, we know that spiritually she’s already home with the Lord and will do so eternally. It’s hard to believe we won’t get the chance to see her again here on Earth, but I’m thankful that one day we shall be reunited forever with her.
“Her earthly remains will be honored in two places, here at our home and back in India. Here I will be putting the ashes into a living urn, which lets you combine the ashes with a tree that grows and lives on in her memory. I will plant the tree in our backyard in a new play area Vasi, and I had been talking about building for the kids. The tree will provide shade for her kids as they play and there will be a bench underneath the tree for family and friends to sit and remember our dear Vasi. I think Vasi would love this idea.”
Her husband, Curtis, concluded his note with a final message.
“I want to say think you to so many wonderful family and friends that have been so helpful for our family during this time. When someone you love so dearly takes their own life, it can be hard to make sense of anything as you are jolted into what is essentially a sudden living nightmare.”
May she rest in peace.
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