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Police still searching for missing Goldsboro teen

Posted September 14, 2012

— Authorities on Friday released a more detailed description of a car used in the abduction of a Goldsboro teenager missing since Sunday night.

The statewide Amber Alert for Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr., 16, was revised to include the information about the vehicle – a 1990s blue-gray, four-door Oldsmobile with faded paint.

Investigators said McLaurin was kidnapped from the 700 block of Bain Street in the Woodcrest Housing Community and forced into the car by three or four black males.

McLaurin stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, pierced ears and a tattoo of the initial K on his left hand.

Police said McLaurin, a junior at Goldsboro High School who also goes by the nickname "Little Ken," was last seen around 1 p.m. Sunday.

His mother, Kimberly Best, said she reported him missing Monday after becoming concerned when he didn't come home Sunday night. After hearing rumors that he had been abducted, she called police.

McLaurin's father, Ken McLaurin Sr., said he has no idea to whom the car belongs and is frustrated because he believes someone knows something about the abduction but isn't telling police.

"Whoever took my son, bring him back home, release him, or give a tip where he's at," he said. "His family is going through a lot, and it's hurting. It hurts really bad."

Anyone with information about McLaurin's disappearance can call a 24-hour tip line at 919-580-4243.

They can also call 911, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at *HP, the Goldsboro Police Department at 919-705-6572 or Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.


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  • mccoyjoann Sep 20, 2012

    the police have plenty of evidence that he was kidnapped, they should have went after the car sunday as soon as it was called in. and i know for a fact that someone called in to the police station and said someone was forced in a call.

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 14, 2012

    Angel67...wouldn't you agree that if they knew "why or who" they could likely locate this teen and/or his abductors? I know the parents must be beside themselves but I think if my son hadn't come home by a decent time on a school night (at any age) I'd have contacted his friends to see what was going on and called police sooner than the next morning when I didn't receive satisfying answers or my kid calling or walking through the door. When my son was a junior he still had a curfew and definately wouldn't have been out since around noon (1pm) without at least calling me to let me know he was ok before it was dark. I'm just saying. Not "blaming" the parents by NO means but just wondering how much freedom should kids get while still living in the home? Even "grown" children should afford their parents the respect of being expected by a certain time or checking in when that may not be possible for this very reason. Time is of the essence in situations like this. My prayers go out t

  • soldier Sep 14, 2012

    Business as usual in Goldsboro. If a day goes by someone isn't shot, stabbed, or attacked, then I get worried and wonder whats wrong.

    Instead of hiring and paying police the "maya" has decided prettying up Center St is more important.

  • greg69innc Sep 14, 2012

    I hope they didnt whack this kid....There is too much violence in NC and it needs to stop

  • JDAmbrosio Sep 14, 2012

    I hope they find him and he's okay and they can catch the 4 people who kidnapped him.

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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 14, 2012

    What evidence of proof do they have that says this young man was kidnapped?

  • tammylock77 Sep 14, 2012

    This happened way earlier in the week. Why haven't we heard more about it until now. Just saying...

  • Angel67 Sep 14, 2012

    MORE INFO IS REALLY NEEDED.... there is not enough info , why , who.