CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Search and rescue crews are looking for missing 18-year-old Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell near a heavily-wooded and marshy area off South Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.
A spokesman with the Norfolk Police Department tells WAVY.com investigators are following a tip they received regarding Hadsell’s disappearance.
Police started searching up and down South Battlefield Boulevard Thursday evening, according to neighbors.
Family and friends of Hadsell tell 10 On Your Side they started searching the area around 5 p.m. March 19 after they got a tip about clothing on the side of the road. They say they found at least four items they believe belong to Hadsell, and notified police.
A person working in the area who did not want their workplace identified tells 10 On Your Side detectives with the Norfolk Police Department were back in the area Friday morning and requested surveillance video from the business.
The search continued Friday night around 7:30 p.m, according to a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. Detectives with the Norfolk Police Department and a forensics team combed the area in the dark wearing knee-high rain boots.
Forensics teams collected evidence in brown paper bags and stopped at times to take photographs. Detectives on scene confirmed undercover officials were involved in the search.
More than a dozen law enforcement officers were on scene until 11 p.m., says one neighbor.
Several agencies are involved in the search including Norfolk Police, Virginia State Police. and Tidewater Search and Rescue. The Chesapeake Police Department also confirms they were called on March 19 at 6:20 p.m. to assist Norfolk officers on the scene.
Family members tell 10 On Your Side Hadsell was last seen on Millard Street in Norfolk March 2 around 2 p.m. by a neighbor. They say Hadsell was followed by a white four-door compact car less than one minute later, and that another neighbor spotted a similar white car in the family’s driveway around the same time.
Norfolk Police said a week ago they have not ruled out any possibilities, but originally suspected no foul play.
Their original release sent March 4 reads:
“Norfolk Police is asking the public’s help in locating a missing 18-year-old. Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell was last seen on March 3, 2015 around 5:30 am at her parent’s home in the Tarrallton Area of Norfolk. Her parents reported her missing around 9:15 that evening.
At this time, Norfolk Detectives have no indication of foul play, however, they are actively searching for her, and ask anyone who knows the whereabouts of Anjelica Hadsell, or who have seen her in the last 24 hours, are encouraged to call Norfolk Police Detectives at 757-664-7026 or the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.”