SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — While searching an area for missing Longwood University student and Norfolk teenager Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell, authorities discovered human remains on Thursday.
Hadsell has been missing since March 2.
8News sister station WAVY-TV 10 reports that the Norfolk Police Department’s investigative efforts were brought to the 34000 block of Smith’s Ferry Road in Southampton County, Virginia. That’s where the human remains were located.
The remains will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for further analysis and positive identification.
AJ’s mother Jennifer Hadsell released a statement Thursday in regards to the investigation on the remains found.
“On behalf of the Hadsell family, we would like to first thank the Norfolk Police Department, search and rescue, and all involved parties, businesses, individuals and media who have helped with the search for Anjelica Hadsell. It has not been confirmed with the coroners office that [the remains are] in fact AJ. We ask that the media and public continue to respect the family in this time of adversity. Your thoughts and prayers for the Hadsell family are needed and appreciated.”
Longwood University also released a statement Thursday saying they are “closely following news reports out of Tidewater concerning the search for our missing student, AJ Hadsell.”
“As we await further news, our thoughts and prayers remain with AJ’s family at this difficult time,”” the finished.
There has not been a positive identification of the gender or identity of the remains.
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