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Clayton police searching for missing girl, 16

Posted February 28, 2013
Updated March 25, 2013

— Clayton police are searching for a 16-year-old girl who has not been seen since Feb. 21. 

Foul play is not suspected in Deja O'Neal's disappearance, but police believe she could be with friends in the Middlesex, Goldsboro or Clinton area.

O'Neal did not return to her home on Sleepy Creek Drive after school Feb. 21, and she has not been seen or heard from since. 

O'Neal is black with brown eyes and black hair. She stands about 5 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie with "Yolo" written in pink letters on it, blue jeans, black shoes and a white barrette in her hair. 

She has a mole on her left cheek and neck, police said. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611.


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  • ssvoiceofsanity Mar 8, 2013

    Not a lot of parents here today I take it. If your 16 year old doesn't get off the bus today as expected, I guess some folks will shrug it off and go on like business as usual.

  • Sweet summertime Mar 1, 2013

    Hope she is found. There is no better place than home for a 16 year old girl.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Feb 28, 2013

    I hope nothing happened to this girl.

  • ICTrue Feb 28, 2013

    She's 16 and they don't suspect foul play. So what's the big deal? She didn't like it where she was and she went someplace else. Hopefully it worked out better for her.

  • atheistswillserveinhell Feb 28, 2013

    after they get done searching her, try taking her home. her folks must be worried

  • outhousecat Feb 28, 2013

    Since when do runaways merit a news article?

    Anyway, hope she's ok and comes on back home.

  • jetset Feb 28, 2013

    So...has the family contacted anyone they think she might me with ( Godlsboro, Middlesex, Clinton ) and have they not seen or heard from her? Seems strange that if the family suspects where she might be and IF they have had contact with anyone in these towns would willingly let the family know she is safe.