Police in Norfolk, Virginia, may have found the remains of a college student who's been missing from the area for a month. While searching Thursday for Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell, officers discovered a body in tall grass about 50 miles from her home. The local medical examiner's office was working Friday to identify the remains.
“Everybody’s mind is going a hundred miles an hour,” family friend Timothy Moran told the Virginian-Pilot. “Everyone wants Anjelica home. That’s the main goal. It’s not about anybody else but AJ at the moment.”
A statement posted to the "BRING AJ HOME" Facebook page on Thursday reminded readers that nobody had confirmed that the body was Hadsell's. They also thanked the people involved in the search, including the Virginia State Police, the state department of emergency management and the FBI.
The remains were found outside an abandoned house in Franklin, Virginia, near the North Carolina border. "The property is overgrown, mostly wooded," police spokesman Officer Sam Shenouda told the Virginian-Pilot. "They’re literally going to be combing through every inch of this property searching for evidence."
Hadsell, 18, disappeared March 2 while at home on spring break from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The day before, she'd asked her father for money, and her parents later got suspicious texts from her phone. Police said last month they didn't suspect foul play, but NBC News reported they've since found her jacket and parts of her debit card.
Wesley Hadsell, her father, was arrested March 21 on unrelated charges. He had broken into the house of a person he thought abducted his daughter to look for evidence. "I want my daughter home," Wesley Hadsell told WAVY-TV. "That’s what I want, and that’s all I want. Anybody who wants to say something about that or get in the way of that, then I’m sorry. So what, some ways are unorthodox. I didn’t have anything to do with her disappearance. I don’t know where she’s at."