The search continues for a missing Tennessee woman who was planning to visit Asheville this weekend.
Veronica Casciato’s family said she was planning to go to The Orange Peel on Sunday, April 16, with her daughter, who still lives in Asheville, to see their favorite band.
“If there was any way she could have been here in Asheville Sunday, she would have been,” her sister, Maureen Craig, said.
Claiborne County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office said the 48-year-old Casciato was last seen April 6 leaving Lincoln Memorial University’s Harrogate Campus, where she was getting a degree in social work.
Casciato and her husband Steve lived in Asheville from 2002-11 and were hoping to move back in the near future. She lived on campus and was planning on going to their home in Cosby, Tennessee, on April 8.
“It just baffles me that someone can just disappear like this. They’re just gone, and nobody knows what to do,” Steve Casciato said.
Casciato said the last time his wife spent money on her credit card by a shop south of her campus. She left in her white Toyota Corolla with Tennessee tags 1D6-6R8.
“There's no record of the car, no record of car accidents, no sightings of it,” he said.
Steve Casciato said a powerful storm knocked cell signal out last Thursday evening and it wasn't restored until Friday afternoon. He said he's been told the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office has subpoenaed Verizon for cell activity and to attempt to get some sense of direction.
Casciato said she would often take the long, scenic route everywhere they went and loved taking in the Blue Ridge views.
“When we were first dating, she was late getting to my house one day and I called the state troopers because I thought she was in an accident,” he said. “She just took the scenic route and told me not to worry so much. I try not to worry so much.”
Craig said her sister didn't leave her campus dorm with any bags or her iPad and talked a lot about how excited she was for a field trip last Friday.
Thousands of people, including her classmates in Tennessee and friends in Asheville, are sharing the national missing poster on social media.
“There may be a lot of sightings that aren't her, but there may be one that is,” Craig said. “And that's what we're holding out for, that one tip, that one clue, that can help us.”
Anyone with tips can call the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office at 423-626-3385. People can also reach her family on a Facebook page they set up called “Friends of Veronica Casciato.”