Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 27, 2012

Sheriff’s deputy locates missing Mercer County teen in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Mercer County teenager who has been missing since Aug. 23, was located Wednesday morning at a North Carolina apartment complex, according to Cpl. S.A. Sommers of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

Adreanna Hamby, 17, of Green Valley, had made contact with someone in the area, and from that contact, law enforcement officers were able to trace her whereabouts to the Charlotte/Mechlenburg County, N.C., area.

Sommers said on Monday, he made contact with several apartment complex managers in that area and sent them copies of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. On Wednesday morning, he received a call from one of the apartment managers saying that Hamby had showed up in the complex office. “She’s safe and in a secure facility,” Sommers said.

Sommers said that he spoke to Hamby family members on Tuesday night, saying that the search had been narrowed. He said the apartment complex manager contacted juvenile authorities who picked up the Mercer County teen and transported her to a safe facility.

He said that Charlotte/Mechlenburg authorities are in the process of preparing the extradition papers for Hamby. “They’ll get all of that together, then we’ll go down there, pick her up and bring here back here,” Sommers said.

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