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Missing Persons

MISSING PERSONS

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What should I do if I have a family member missing?

  • Search your immediate area where missing person was last seen to include the entire house or business

  • Call a friend or neighbor for support and aid

  • Check with family, friends, co workers and people who know your missing person to determine if they have seen the person

  • Call the police or go to your nearest police department and file a report. Generally, a report should be filed in the jurisdiction where the person was last seen.

How long should I wait until I report a missing person to police?

There is no waiting period to report a missing person. The first 24hours is the most important time frame to locate a missing person. Contact the Police Department as soon as you realize a family member is missing. Contact numbers for the Rocky Mount Police Department – 911for emergencies and 972-1411 for non-emergencies.

What will I need to provide to police for a complete and accurate police report to assist with the investigation?

It is important to provide the police department with information to aid in the investigation. You may be asked to provide the following information:

  • physical description of the missing person including distinguishable features and clothing description

  • a list of scars, tattoos, any artificial limbs, etc.; photographs of tattoos are helpful

  • a recent photograph of the missing person; three photos are better to include a facial photo and full body photos.

  • where and when the person was last seen or heard from

  • places the missing person may visit and any addresses he/she may have lived in the past

  • a list of any medical problems or medications the person may need to include medical records if available and the contact information for his/her doctor

  • dental records or contact information for the missing person’s dentist

  • names and contacts of family and friends associated with the person and their addresses and contact information

  • the description of travel: direction headed, the means of travel

  • vehicle description including make, model, color and registration number

  • cell phone number of the missing person

  • bank records of the missing person

  • habits and unusual behaviors of the missing person

  • romantic relationships involving the missing person

  • any suspicious persons in the area or having contact with the missing person to include physical description and vehicle description

  • a list of articles on the person, examples include braces, headgear, jewelry, glasses, lenses, hat, belt, purse, wallet, money, ID, credit cards, etc.

  • a listing of items missing from the residence such as a suitcase, personal items, etc.

  • a total view/account of the situation surrounding the when the person became missing, including accurate places, times, and dates

  • a hairbrush, toothbrush or other personal item that may contain DNA of the missing person

What should I do after I file a report?

  • Obtain a copy of the public record report and the report number.

  • Obtain the name of the investigating officer and a contact number.

  • Contact the police with any follow up information or leads you may have obtained during the course of the investigation.

  • Keep in contact with the investigating officer and the investigating agency.

  • Do not assume the case is not being investigated. Investigations on these types of cases are ongoing and all leads must be tracked down

  • Assist the investigating agency throughout the investigation with all requests for information and records.

  • Obtain support from family, friends and the community.

  • Be careful of the information you release to the media as it may hinder the investigation.

  • Check with the local law enforcement agency about what information can be released to the media.

  • Work with the law enforcement agency; remember working together aids the investigation.



Name: Carl Butler Jr.

Classification: Involuntary/Undetermined Missing Adult

Alias / Nickname: N/A

Date of Birth: 082048

Date Missing: 020105

From City/State: Rocky Mount, NC

Missing From (Country): USA

Age at Time of Disappearance: 46

Gender: Male

Race: Black

Height: 5 ft. 5 inches

Weight: 165 pounds

Hair Color: Bald

Eye Color: Brown

Complexion: Medium

Identifying Characteristics: Scars on head, abdomen and right side of neck; tattoo of “Carl” on left arm.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Carl was last seen at approximately 2:00 a.m. on 2/1/05 watching television inside his residence at 736 Marlee Drive. His wife saw the back door open at 6a.m. and Carl was missing. His wife reported him missing 2/1/05 @ 0737hours. He has a medical condition.

Investigative Agency: Rocky Mount Police Department

Phone: (252) 972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 977-1111

Investigative Case #: 2005001246

NCIC #: M-084654663


Name: Elizabeth Turvey Brown

Classification: Involuntary/Undetermined Missing Adult

Alias / Nickname: Betty

Date of Birth: 04/04/23

Date Reported Missing: 02/28/77

Last Seen: 02/21/77

From City/State: Rocky Mount, NC

Missing From (Country): USA

Age at Time of Disappearance: 54

Gender: Female

Race: White

Height: 5 ft. 8 inches

Weight: 165 pounds

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Hazel

Complexion: Light

Identifying Characteristics: None

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Betty was last seen in Rocky Mount, however, her white Chevrolet Vega was located int he parking lot of the Southern Shores Hotel in Kitty Hawk, NC abandoned with her personal property inside the vehicle. She was reported missing by her husband.

Investigative Agency: Rocky Mount Police Department

Phone: (252) 972-1411

Investigative Case #: 2007-008215

NCIC #: M-486721691


Name: Joyce Renee Durham

Classification: Involuntary/Undetermined Missing Adult

Alias / Nickname: N/A

Date of Birth: 070561

Date Missing: 080907

From City/State: Rocky Mount, NC

Missing From (Country): USA

Age at Time of Disappearance: 46

Gender: Female

Race: Black

Height: 5 ft. 2 inches

Weight: 118 pounds

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: Brown

Complexion: Medium

Identifying Characteristics: None.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Joyce was last seen at approximately 2:30 p.m. on 6/17/07 leaving from 1505 Harper Street.

Investigative Agency: Rocky Mount Police Department

Phone: (252) 972-1411

Investigative Case #: 2007008994

NCIC #: M-346741153


Name: Deborah Elaine Deans

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult

Alias / Nickname: Debbie

Date of Birth: 1974-09-26

Date Missing: 2004-01-19

From City/State: Rocky Mount, NC

Missing From (Country): USA

Age at Time of Disappearance: 29

Gender: Female

Race: White

Height: 68 inches

Weight: 160 pounds

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Complexion: Light

Identifying Characteristics: Tattoo of a red "heart"with the name "Jessica" inside of it chained to another red "heart" with the name "Robbie" inside, tattoo of a "rose" with the name "Thomas"underneath on shoulder, tattoo of a "dreamcatcher" above navel on abdomen.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Deborah was last seen at approximately 9:00am at an acquaintance's residence in the vicinity of the 1400 block of Wiley Rd. in Spring Hope, NC. She has a medical condition.

Investigative Agency: Rocky Mount Police Department

Phone: (252) 972-1411

Investigative Case #: 2004003979

NCIC #: M-343976784


Name: Linda Williams Lawerence

Name: Linda Williams Lawrence

Classification: Involuntary/Undetermined Missing Adult

Alias / Nickname: None

Date of Birth: 05/28/1951

Date Missing: 06/13/1996

From City/State: Rocky Mount, NC

Missing From (Country): USA

Age at Time of Disappearance: 45

Gender: Female

Race: White

Height: 5 ft. 7 inches

Weight: 138 pounds

Hair Color: Blond

Eye Color: Hazel

Complexion: Light

Identifying Characteristics: Tattoo of butterfly on left hip, Blotches on both elbows and knuckles

Circumstances of Disappearance: Investigative Agency: Rocky Mount Police Department
Linda Lawrence was last seen on 06/13/1996 at approximately 8:30 p.m.leaving the High Meadows swimming pool in Rocky Mount, NC. Lawrence was operating her black/silver full size 1984 Ford truck, Tag# DVY-5868, headed to an unknown store. Lawrence did not return home.

Phone: (252) 972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 977-1111

Investigative Case #: 1996-021677

NCIC #: M937747932

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of these persons, please call Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-972-1111 or e-mail missing@rockymountnc.gov

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