What Happened To Timeka Pridgen?

Nine years later and there are still no answers about the disappearance of a Lenoir County teenager, whose mother says appears to have just vanished into thin air.

It was May 12th of 2001 when 16 year old Timeka Pridgen of La Grange went missing. She has never been heard from or seen again.

Her mother, Cosandra Best, says she was taking a nap, waiting for her boyfriend, a relationship she was about to end...the night her daughter disappeared. She says her daughter brought her the phone and said he would be there in five minutes. That's when Cosandra says she drifted back to sleep. "The next thing I heard was a door closing and a car driving off."

When Cosandra woke up her daughter was nowhere to be found. "She, um left her shoes, her purse and it had money in her purse. This evening it rained and was cool and I knew she would not have walked out without her shoes on."

Cosandra says Timeka had no reason to runaway. She describes her as a typical teen who had a love for drawing and her friends...friends who didn't know where she was. Neither did Cosandra's soon to be ex-boyfriend, who claims he was never there that night. Cosandra says, "My first gut instinct was he definitely knew what happened."

But Cosandra says neither he, or anyone else, would be an immediate focus for police. Cosandra believes the investigation into her daughter's disappearance was hindered because of the outcome of a missing persons case weeks earlier, involving a classmate of Timeka's. "And lots and lots of resources were poured into that and it turned out to be a hoax."

Cosandra says it wasn't until a year later, at the insistence of an advocate on her behalf, that an SBI agent was assigned to the case.

Nine years later Cosandra says she would like to talk to her former boyfriend again about her daughter's disappearance. He no longer lives in La Grange, but she knows how to get ahold of him. He's in a North Carolina prison.

Eric Mercer Moore was convicted in 2006 on attempted second degree sexual offense. He's serving twelve years behind bars. State records show years before Timeka went missing...he was convicted of second degree sex offense and kidnapping, served time and was released.

WITN called Eastern Correctional where Moore is currently behind bars, and requested an interview. Officials at the prison told us his answer was, "Absolutely not."

Just like Timeka's disappearance, whether Moore has any information that could help in this case will remain a mystery.

Cosandra continues to hold out hope that her daughter is still alive. As she reminisces over those drawings of hers, she hopes that one day, Timeka just might be able to finish the one she was working on when she vanished. "Everyday I miss her and I want so badly to know where she is and what happened."

If you have any information that may help in the case you can call the SBI at 1-800-334-3000 or click on the link below to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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  • by PAUL KT Location: THE GARDEN SPOT OF NC on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    thank you--Dave Jordan and WITN for all the help and support you have given us to keep this story active. And, thank you all for the prayers and well wishes. http://www.pkt-l.com/meka.html
  • by Tiara Location: Seaboard N,C on Jan 7, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    Im in the 12th grade and I'm doing thiis photostory n Timeka i think it is so sad for someone to lose their daughter and has no answers way it's sad I feel sorry and wish her mother the best of luck
  • by 2neo Location: kinston on May 10, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    please don't pay MADDOG no attention....MADDOG always have something negative to say and i think just get a kick out of getting people upset...MADDOG is just that a mad dog with a grudge against everyone that is not in MADDOG circle...i pity the fool
  • by Neo Location: Reality on May 7, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    "MADHOG" your disrespect for the religious beliefs of others is sickening. People who demand to have their atheism respected should, in return for that consideration, close their holes and respect those who know God. Your lack of knowledge about God's will and the free will that he gave man to act stupidly if he so chooses is evidenced by the content of your comment and your disrespectful attitude. He gave you the free will, I see you are exercising it there Madhog. You may not know where God was when this girl was crying for help, but you will know where he is when you are.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 7, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    Where was your GOD when this girl was crying for Help? Can you please tell me that Nannie of Raleigh.It haves been 9 months. How long must this Mother Wait?
  • by Nannie Location: Raleigh on May 7, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    My prayers go out to her mother. Vengeance is mine saith the LORD. I have to ask God to take care of this situation.
  • by cc Location: gville on May 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    By reading this article, I feel the boyfriend had something to do with her missing. Even though it was 5yrs. later with his crime,Time will tell. Cassandra keep praying God will prevail.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, N. C. on May 7, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    To the Parent: Why not contact the Nancy Grace show? She can always open a can of worms. She can at least publicize and get the investigation reopen. Put that picture our there, someone may have seen her or know what happen.
  • by lg Location: nc on May 7, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    This is a mothers nigthmare, not knowning where your child is or if they are dead or alive. I hope after all this time this young lady is somewhere alive. But i have to ask, did the mother know her boyfriend was a sex offender/kidnapper? Is that why she was ending things? Of course the sex offender/kidnapper boyfreind knows what happened it just haven't been pursued enough."He knows where Tameka is". He knows what has happened to her. Go back and intergate this boyfriend." He Knows"
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 7, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    This Mother needs to Know. Come on AMW step up to the plate. What the matter Kinston to small for you. You brag about what you have done. Lets bring this case to a close and bring this little lady Home.
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