Three Months Since Scotland Neck Teen Seen/Heard From

An 18 year old that disappeared on February 22nd in Halifax County is still missing.

According to Scotland Neck Police the search for Jalesa Reynolds continues.

Authorities tell us they’re still processing information and working on the case but wouldn’t say much more than that. A gag order is still in effect, which means officials can’t release details to the media about the investigation.


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One month ago police say an 18-year-old teenager went missing in Halifax County. Due to a gag order on the case authorities have kept quiet during the investigation, but people want answers.

Jalesa Reynolds picture can be seen on flyers around Scotland Neck and a Facebook group was created to help find the teen who went missing on February 22nd.

On Monday, the Mayor of Scotland Neck, James Mills spoke about the case and says he's frustrated the court-issued gag order is keeping authorities from updating the public.

Mayor James Mills says he is going to try and contact Halifax County District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey this week to try and find out some answers.
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The search continues for a missing girl.

A superior court judge issued a gag order in the case of a missing Scotland Neck teenager.

In an unusual move in a missing person case, Judge Alma Hinton issued the gag order last week.

Reporters were told to contact the district attorney's office for any information on Jalesa Reynolds' disappearance.

Reynolds has been missing since last Monday after visiting the local library and then reportedly visiting a home on Cemetary Road. A registered sex offender lives at that home and a law enforcement source told WITN than Dwayne Davis is a person of interest in the case. Police say a computer was seized from that home and sent to the SBI for analysis.

After a search Monday, Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams said there was a lead which he would discuss more the next morning at a news conference. That news conference was delayed by more than an hour as police were at the District Attorney's Office. Police then told the media they could not discuss details of the case.

WITN has learned that the State Bureau of Investigation is now involved in the search. An SBI spokeswoman confirmed they are involved in the search, but deferred all comments to the district attorney.


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Police are conducting yet another large-scale search for a missing Halifax County teenager.

Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams says the search will center in the woods behind a home on Cemetary Road, the same woods they searched on Monday.

Police say 18-year-old Jalesa Reynolds was last heard from nearly two weeks ago after she visited that Cemetary Road home and logged on to a social networking web site.

WITN has learned that the State Bureau of Investigation is now involved in the search. An SBI spokeswoman confirmed they are involved in the search, but deferred all comments to the district attorney.

A police source says the man who lives at that home is a person of interest in the case. Dwayne Davis is also a registered sex offender.


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Ten days have now passed since Jalesa Reynolds was last seen at her hometown library in Scotland Neck.

A law enforcement source says Dwayne Davis of Cemetery Road in Scotland Neck is a person of interest in the disappearance of the 18 year old. Court records show no charges have been filed against Davis at this time.



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WITN News has learned that a convicted sex offender lives at a home where deputies say a missing teenager was last seen more than a week ago.

The North Carolina Sex Offender Registry says Dwayne Davis lives at 285 Cemetery Road in Scotland Neck. That's where police say Jalesa Reynolds was last heard from a week ago Monday. Davis served six years of a 15 year sentence from Martin County for second degree rape and was released from prison in 2000.

A law enforcement source tells WITN that Davis is a person of interest in the case.

Police say Reynolds logged onto a social networking site at the home and the homeowner told police she left between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. that afternoon. Police have seized that computer and have sent it to the SBI in Raleigh to be examined.

When contacted Tuesday afternoon, Scotland Neck Chief Joe Williams wouldn't comment on Davis.


Authorities in Halifax County say despite Monday's search they have not found a teenager who has been missing for over a week.

Police briefed the media Tuesday morning on their search efforts Monday for 18-year-old Jalesa Reynolds.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, but will not say when they would go out and search again. Police now are not releasing much information about their efforts, saying they don't want to hurt the investigation.

The news conference was delayed for more than an hour because officers were at the district attorney's office.

At the news conference family members said they were still holding out hope.

Reynolds was seen on February 22nd at the Scotland Neck Memorial Library around 11 a.m. Chief Williams says around 1:40 p.m. the day the teen logged onto a computer at a home on Cemetery Road.

The homeowner told police she left between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Police have seized that computer and have sent it to the SBI in Raleigh to be examined.

Monday's search centered on that home, some nearby woods, a landfill and the Roanoke River.


A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday morning in the disappearance of a Halifax County teen.

Teams spent Monday afternoon searching an area where 18-year-old Jalesa Reynolds was last seen on February 22nd. Originally, police said Reynolds was last seen at the Scotland Neck Memorial Library around 11 a.m. Chief Williams says around 1:40 p.m. the day, the teen logged onto a computer at a home on Cemetery Road.

The homeowner told police she left between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Police have seized that computer and have sent it to the SBI in Raleigh to be examined.

Williams said a search team from Johnston County and a Highway Patrol helicopter checked areas including the house, a wooded area nearby, a landfill and the Roanoke River. The air, land and water search ended around 5 p.m. Monday. Scotland Neck police chief Joe Williams said they did get a clue from the search of the Roanoke River and will update the media Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Reynolds is 5'2, 220lbs, medium black complexion, with short black hair. She was last seen wearing tan pants, pink shirt and a blue-jean coat with a flower design on back. Anyone with information should contact Scotland Neck Police at (252) 826-4111.



 

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