A 71-year-old woman and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter left New Jersey on Christmas Eve to visit relatives in North Carolina but never arrived, police say.
Barbara Briley and her great-granddaughter, La’Myra Briley, were last seen at an Exxon station in Ruther Glen, where they “appeared to be in good health,” according to an advisory issued late Monday afternoon by the Hamilton Township (N.J.) Police Department in Atlantic County. The pair were headed to Morven, N.C., which is about 60 miles southeast of Charlotte.
Briley was driving a silver Toyota RAV4 with New Jersey license plate C80-ELS. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds, according to a report on NJ.com. La’Myra Briley was last seen wearing gray sweatpants and a gray camouflage hoodie.
Anyone who sees them is asked to contact the Anson (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office at (704) 694-4188 or Hamilton Township detective Michael Robison at (609) 625-2700, ext. 578.
Authorities in Anson could not be reached. An officer at the Hamilton Township Police Department said Monday night that there was no update on the investigation.
Caroline County Sheriff A.A. Lippa Jr. said his department was trying to follow up on leads but had been unable to confirm reports that the last place the Brileys were seen was, in fact, the gas station.
“We can’t confirm whether it is or isn’t,” he said. “We haven’t heard from any police source whatsoever.”
Virginia State Police Sgt. Steve Vick said troopers have searched the area, including hotels, rest areas, weigh stations and the interstates “up and down the 95 and 85 corridor.” The state police have also contacted the New Jersey agency and put out an alert to troopers.