ROBESON COUTY – Billy Gene Hammonds is a missing person, but family members believe he was murdered by his drug dealer.
Nicknamed Bene, Billy Gene was last seen Nov. 26, 2016. He was 36 at the time of his disappearance.
He told family he’d be right back after visiting his mother on Pinwheel Circle in Lumberton. He never made it there and hasn’t been seen since. He wasn’t reported missing until two weeks later.
Billy Gene had a serious drug problem, according to family who believe he was killed for stealing from a drug dealer. The drug dealer killed Billy Gene in a mobile home on Snake Road. A string of rundown trailers there were torn down the same day he vanished.
Robeson County can be a rough place: While looking for Billy Gene on Snake Road, family found a bloody shoe belonging to someone else who apparently met a dastardly end.
His estranged wife posted the following statement on a memorial website:
“i met billy in dec 2010….guess you could say we fell in love at first sight….i married in fla dec 31 2013……through the yrs its been a rollercoaster….of fights ..making up…trying to climb that big hill…that we couldnt climb…..his demons were stronger..and won in the end….but our love has never been denied….ive went around the world and back to be with my husband….and tried saving him..and lost……the past is in the past..and no sense of remembering the bad…so ill hold on to the good memories…..and never forget our laughter talks laying next to each other holding each other tight….and saying i love you…i will always love you billy gene your wife.”
Billy Gene is described as a Native American male who was 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 175 pounds. He had black hair and brown eyes. He had a scar on the right side of his chest and tattoos prayer hands and the words “Pamela” and “Bene.”
Anyone with information regarding Billy Gene’s whereabouts or fate should call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3100.