Pamela Faith Roach, who went by her middle name, was born on June 9, 1992. She lived in Walhalla, Oconee County, South Carolina, a small town in the Blue Mountain foothills region with just over 4,200 residents.
When Faith was 11 years old, she and a friend were riding a go-kart on a dirt road when they were struck by a car. Her friend died, but Faith survived, suffering a shattered leg, a traumatic brain injury and other wounds. She was hospitalized on life support and in a coma, and had to undergo surgery to place a metal rod in her leg. She developed a limp as she outgrew the metal rod, leading her to be bullied by others at school.
According to her mother, Cindy Clark Hanvey, the accident changed Faith, turning her from a quiet, shy girl into someone who was outspoken and attention-seeking.
Faith was the mother of two young sons, one of whom died when he was just five months old and Faith, 23. He’d been sharing a bed with her and her partner when he rolled onto the floor. It’s alleged his death led Faith to begin using drugs to numb her pain, as she blamed herself for what happened. While she initially used recreationally, she soon became addicted to meth, causing her to lose custody of her eldest son.
At the time of her disappearance, Faith did not have stable housing, and was believed to be living on Flat Rock Road. She’s was also taking classes online to obtain her GED.
Faith’s family last saw her around 4:00pm on February 4, 2019.
On February 5, Faith and an unidentified male friend went hiking in the mountains. At around midday, she asked him to drop her off in the vicinity of Coffee and Corey Roads, approximately 5 miles from where she lived. She was last seen getting into a burgundy-coloured van.
Her family reported her missing on February 12, 2019, after she missed the anniversary of her infant son’s death.
The individual last with Faith was questioned extensively by investigators and reportedly passed a polygraph test. He claimed Faith was meeting someone in the area of Coffee and Corey Roads and asked to be dropped off there. Her family finds this hard to believe, as she didn’t know anyone in the area.
This person has since changed their story three times.
Faith’s family has received multiple anonymous tips regarding her possible whereabouts. One caller claimed she was being held against her will and was in danger, while another claimed she’d been eaten by pigs at a local pig farm. Investigators looked into the former and could not locate any evidence to prove its authenticity.
Investigators have conducted numerous searches, as have Faith’s family and friends, but their efforts have uncovered few clues. They have also followed up on tips placing Faith outside of both Oconee County and South Carolina.
Almost a year after Faith disappeared, investigators found some of her clothing and jewellery along Tunnel Road. Her family was able to identify the items found, including a feather choker, earrings and a bracelet, as pieces she typically wore.
Faith’s social media accounts have been inactive since she went missing, and her cellphone has been turned off.
Investigators are currently looking into the possibility the case is related to the disappearances of Tammy Stubblefield and Laura Anders, as well as the death of Renee King. 45-year-old Anders was last seen on Bauknight Road in Mountain Rest, South Carolina on January 2, 2019, while Stubblefield, 52, went missing from Moore Avenue in Walhalla. King was last seen in November 2020, and four months later her remains were found by hunters in a wooded area along Rufus Land Road.
According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, the cases have similarities and the women shared mutual acquaintances and friends. They’ve asked for agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to profile each victim for commonalities in their cases, all of which remain unsolved.
In April 2021, authorities announced a man named Kevin “Boston” Maler was a person of interest in Faith’s disappearance, after a social media video implicating him was brought to their attention. The video shows two unidentified men discussing the case, in which one of them says:
“Boston was like, no, they’ll get fingerprints or take DNA and we’ll all fry for it. He said that it was Boston’s idea. I don’t know who cut her up, but they said that, Boston said, we’re gonna cut her up and scatter her, and he said all he knows is they cut her up and scatter her and parts of her is in the rock quarry.”
Investigators visited the location mentioned in the video on numerous occasions and failed to find any evidence related to the case. According to Faith’s aunt, Pamela Marcengill, Maler claims to not know her niece, contradicting information relayed to her from individuals who knew both he and Faith.
Crime Stoppers has put up billboards with Faith’s name, the date of her disappearance and a phone number those with information can call.
Faith’s family has told local media that they are disappointed in the way the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has handled the case. They believe no one is taking it seriously because of her past. The sheriff’s office disputes this, claiming they remain committed to investigating the case and those of other missing people from the area.
Currently, Faith is considered missing under suspicious circumstances and foul play is suspected. Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward: $1,000 for information leading to her location and an additional $1,000 for information as to how she got to said location.
Faith’s son is currently in the care of her mother.
Those close to Faith have created the Bring Faith home Facebook page to help raise exposure about her disappearance.
Faith’s case was a topic of discussion on the podcast, The Case, which looked into the theories surrounding her disappearance and a possible connection her case may have to another missing persons investigation in Massachusetts.
CASE CONTACT INFORMATION:
Pamela Faith Roach was last seen in Walhalla, Oconee County, South Carolina on February 5, 2019. She was 26 years old, and what she was last seen wearing is currently unknown. At the time of her disappearance, she stood at 5’5″ and weighed 110 pounds. She has strawberry blonde hair, which she frequently dyes, and blue eyes. Her nose, tongue, eyebrow and ears are all pierced, and she has the following tattoos: a rainbow flanked by two stars on her abdomen; words and a cross on her chest; a smiley face on her ankle, writing and a red heart being pierced by an arrow on the inside of her wrist; and an unspecified tattoo on her upper arm, near the shoulder.
She goes by her middle name, which she pronounces “Fythe”.
Currently, the case is classified as endangered missing, with foul play suspected. If alive, Faith would be 29 years old.
Those with information regarding the case can contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at either 864-638-4639 or 864-638-4111. Tips can also be called in anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-888-274-6372.
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