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Disappearance of Hope Mills teen remains a mystery

Posted March 18, 2014
Updated March 19, 2014

— The circumstances behind Danielle Locklear's disappearance, as of now, are a mystery.

Hope Mills investigators are working with Fayetteville police, Cumberland County sheriff's deputies and the FBI – a task force of about 50 law enforcement officers – to determine what happened to the 15-year-old and where she is.

Meanwhile, her mother, Rowna Fowler, is waiting for her daughter to return home. It’s been a week since she got a phone call saying "Dannie" was missing.

“There were just so many things that we were excited about, that we had plans for, that we were both excited about, and this does not make any sense,” she said Tuesday. "No one knows what a mother goes through. I feel as though my heart has been ripped out."

Friends and investigators say Locklear, a freshman at South View High School, is a good, popular student. The teenager left her grandparents’ home on Trencholm Lane in Hope Mills' Fox Meadow/Brook Ridge subdivisions on March 11 to visit a friend.

She never arrived. Her grandfather contacted police the next day.

Investigators heard she may have been by a creek that runs near the neighborhood, a local hangout for teenagers.

Some of her clothes were found there two days later. Investigators searched the area but found nothing.

"We do not know, at this particular time, what has happened to Danielle, or where she is," Hope Mills Police Chief Joel Acciardo said.

Locklear is bi-racial, has black hair, green eyes. She stands 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 150 to 160 pounds.

Anyone with information about Locklear's disappearance should contact the Hope Mills Police Department at 910-425-4103 or the FBI in Charlotte at 704-672-6100.

For now, her mother continues to wait.

"Danielle, if you see this, come home baby,” Fowler said. "I love you. I won't be mad at you, just come home."


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  • 61babygirl29 Mar 19, 2014

    I will continue to pray for her family. Hopefully, law enforcement has checked her computer and phone records.

  • Cabe Merritt Mar 19, 2014
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    It doesn't sound good.

  • Karen Orndorff Mar 19, 2014
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    I hope the young lady is found safe.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 19, 2014

    I think she's pregnant.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 19, 2014

    Grandparents that the child lives with wait until next day to notify anyone that she is missing. I would have been calling friend at 9:00 PM childs curfew on school nite and if not able to reach daughter would have called both parents and police that night not waited until next day.

  • sjb2k1 Mar 19, 2014

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    I assume because this case does not meet the requirements for either alert.

  • btneast Mar 19, 2014

    The fact that she lived with her grandparents and they did not see cause to alert the police till the next day is telling. Sounds like she may be a bit of a freespirit and roamer....something they apparently are used to. If so, hopefully she will decide to come home soon....

  • brandy213122 Mar 19, 2014

    Why hasn't an Amber or Silver Alert been issued???

  • pirategal Mar 19, 2014

    Where is her cell phone? Can they not do a tracking on it? Have they tried calling it? It does not sound good that some of her clothes were found around a creek. Have they taken search dogs to the area to see if they can pick up a scent?

  • Heather Brittingham Mar 19, 2014
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    I can't imagine the pain and fear her family is feeling. The uncertainty about what has happened to her has to be heartbreaking. Good thoughts and prayers to the family and Danielle.