Korrina Lynne Sagers Malinoski left Mount Holly Plantation in South Carolina on November 21, 1987, between 11 and 11:30 pm. She lived there with her husband in the caretaker’s house, as her husband was the caretaker of the property.
Korrina and her husband Stephen had just had a fight and Korrina said she was going for a drive to calm down. The next morning, Korrina missed her shift at the convenience store in Summerville that she’d been employed at for the past six months.
Her boss went looking for her and found her abandoned car just outside the entrance to the plantation. Korrina left behind her husband Stephen, and three kids: 11-year-old Annette from a previous marriage, and sons Thomas and James (fathered by Stephen). She was never seen or heard from again.
It was hard to believe that Korrina, a devoted mother, would leave her children, but the town barely had time to recover when nearly a year later, there was another disappearance.
On October 4, 1988, Annette Sagers was waiting at the bus stop just outside the entrance of Mount Holly Plantation—the same spot her mother disappeared from.
A bus driver drove past Annette’s stop at 7 am and reported seeing her waiting for her school bus with her dog. At 7:20 am, Annette’s bus arrived but no one was there.
Her stepfather Stephen did not know Annette had disappeared until the afternoon, when she didn’t come home from school. He called the police, telling them he’d found a note at the bus stop.
It read “Dad, momma came back. Give the boys a hug.” The boys she referred to were her brothers, still too young to be knowledgeable about the disappearances.
No one saw Annette being picked up at the bus stop in the 20 minutes between the buses. Handwriting experts confirmed the note was written by Annette.
In 2000, an anonymous caller told police to search for Korrina’s body in Sumpter County. Police took a cadaver-sniffing dog to the heavily wooded area and found nothing.
Was it Stephen who killed his wife and her daughter? Did Korrina escape a bad marriage and return later for her daughter? If so, why not take her boys as well?
After the disappearances, Stephen moved to Florida, remarried and had more children. But Thomas and James bounced around in foster homes before getting adopted. Stephen relinquished his rights to the boys in 1988, just after Annette disappeared.
To this day Thomas and James have hopes of finding their mother. At the time of her disappearance she was 26. She would be 56 today and Annette would be 40.