Florida woman’s mysterious disappearance during Hurricane Irma examined on ‘Dateline’


(NBC News) – Private investigator and former police officer Taylor Wright could handle herself and, if necessary, knew how to disappear. But when she vanished, detectives thought there was more to the story after her girlfriend received strange text messages from Taylor’s phone.

An all-new two-hour broadcast of “Dateline” on Friday night features exclusive interviews with key members of Taylor’s life, including her best friend and her ex-husband.

Here is a preview of Keith Morrison’s report:

They could feel it in the heavy air. Barometer plunging. Impending sky.

This one, Hurricane Irma, they’d heard was huge. Category 5 – could hit hard in Pensacola, Florida.

It was September 2017.

A school administrator named Casandra Waller went about the usual preparations. Schools would be closed for this one.

And one unusual preparation. The love of her life, Taylor Wright, was moving in with her in her tidy little ranch house.

Until, storm bearing down, Taylor announced she was running an errand and she didn’t come back.

“It started that way, as a simple missing person case.”

But if you ask detectives Chad Willhite and his partner, Jeff Brown, they’ll tell you nothing is simple in police investigations. And this one? Far from it.

Watch an all-new “Dateline” Friday, tonight on WFLA at 9 p.m.

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