Search underway for the woman, the girl that disappeared on the road trip

RICHMOND, Va. Officers scoured hotels, businesses, rest stops and truck stops across a large swath of Virginia in the search for a 71-year-old New Jersey woman and her great-granddaughter, who disappeared during a vacation to see family.

As of Wednesday, the authorities have found nothing related to Barbara Crossings and 5-year-old La’Myra Crossings, Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Stephan Vick said. The two were last seen on christmas Eve at a gas station in Ruther Glen, Virginia, about 30 miles north of Richmond. The authorities say that they were on the way to Anson County in North Carolina to visit relatives.

A niece of Barbara the Crossings, said she used to work as a driver for New Jersey Transit and made the long trip many times.

“Driving is not a problem when it comes to my Aunt Barbara,” Ginger Bittle, 35, told The Associated Press. She said that she did not know of her aunt to be of any medical problems.

Family members have repeatedly tried to reach her by mobile phone and retracing the route that they believe that she was on a journey.

Camera footage from the gas station late Barbara Crossings walk inside around 5:40 a.m., Saturday. She leaves and again before he finally pull away, just after 6 a.m., authorities said.

Gas station clerk Joanna Strange told the local media that the Crossings came in to say that she was lost, and they helped her with her GPS for the Crossings went on her way.

Lt. Travis Nutter of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, which released the video, said nothing in the footage to indicate any kind of suspicious activity at the gas station.

“That video was the last anyone saw her, and what happened after that we don’t really know,” he said.

Officers spent much of Monday searching the Ruther Glen, and then shifted their efforts to an area south of Richmond. Authorities learned that the Crossings ‘ s mobile phone, which were turned off, and on again for a very short period of time early Tuesday morning and “pinged,” or in connection with, a tower in the vicinity of the city of Petersburg for the closing, according to Nutter. They were not able to triangulate her location, but began to search in the general area, ” he said. There are no further activity of the Crossings the phone since then, ” he said.

State troopers looked up and down along the Interstate 85 corridor, go all the way to the North Carolina state line without any luck, Vick said. They used a helicopter and hunted for the signs of the railing of damage or other evidence that a car can run off the road, ” he said.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker told the News & Observer of Raleigh that the agency is aware of the case and the troopers checking on stranded motorists have found nothing related to the Brileys.

The police in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, leads the research. A spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking comment. The Richmond FBI is also assisting in the investigation, said spokeswoman Dee Rybiski, who refused to comment further.

The crossings was driving a silver 2014 Toyota Rav4 with New Jersey license plate C80ELS.


Associated Press writer Bruce Shipkowski contributed to this report from Toms River, New Jersey.

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