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Renewed Search Suspended For Missing Scotland Neck Teen

The renewed search for a missing Scotland Neck teenager has been suspended for now as authorities failed to find Jalesa Reynolds' body.

Searchers spent the past three days looking for possible remains of the teen who has been missing for more than 2 1/2-years.

Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams tells WITN they've been searching the area around Cemetery Road since Wednesday for the girl. They were being assisted by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Chief Williams says the center brought in special dogs to be able to search for remains, as well as a special response team from Johnston County to map the area.

Crews were out Friday and planned to drain a small pond on Salvia Lane which is off of Cemetery Road. The chief says search crews did all they planned to do in the last three days.

Reynolds, who was 18-years-old when she disappeared in February 2010, was last seen at the library in Scotland Neck, and police say she later logged onto her Facebook account at the home of a registered sex offender on Cemetery Road. Police seized a computer from that individuals home, but have never charged the man in connection with the girl's disappearance.


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More than 70 people gathered at Pilgrim Way of the Cross Church in Scotland Neck Tuesday evening to remember the day 18-year-old Jalesa Reynolds went missing and to pray for her return.

With candles glowing, those attending the vigil remembered Reynolds through song and prayer.

One by one, concerned community members offered words of support to the family. Vernell Jones said, "I express my love to you, and your family. I can't say I know how you feel, but all I can say is that God is able."

Even those who didn't know reynolds personally attended the vigil. Betty Cotton says, "I pray every day, every day I pray for them that they will find her alive."

Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams, Jr. says a year after her disappearance, they believe foul played was involved and she likely will not be found alive.

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Authorities say they believe a Scotland Neck teenager who was last seen a year ago today has met with foul play.

Lawmen and Jalesa Reynolds' family spoke to reporters this afternoon.

The 18-year-old girl was last seen at the library in Scotland Neck, and police say she later logged onto her Facebook account at the home of a registered sex offender on Cemetery Road. Police seized a computer from the home of Dwayne Davis, but have never charged the man in connection with the girl's disappearance.

Today, Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams says there is no person of interest in the case, but they continue to interview Davis. He said police would like to find Reynolds alive, but they don't think that's likely at this point.

The family says it's very hard still dealing with the girl's disappearance. Cousin Frederick Lassiter says they don't talk to Davis and let investigators do their jobs.

Asked about a gag order that was put into place shortly after the girl disappeared, Williams says that since has been lifted. He says they didn't want people they were interested in hearing too much about the case.

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Way Of The Cross Church in Scotland Neck.


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Tuesday marks one year since anyone has heard from an 18 year old who mysteriously disappeared.

Jalesa Reynolds of Scotland Neck in Halifax County disappeared on February 22, 2010. Officials say Reynolds was last seen at the town library. They say she may have logged on to a website at the home of Dwayne Davis, who was named as a person of interest in the case.

A judge issued a gag order, and there have been no new breaks in the case announced in several months.

A press conference and vigil are planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday on the one year anniversary of the disappearance.


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