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Missing Goldsboro teen's mom pleads for his return

Posted September 17, 2012

— The mother of a missing Goldsboro teenager is pleading for the return of her son, who police say was kidnapped more than a week ago.

"I need my baby home. It's been eight days, and I just need him back home," Kimberly Best told reporters at a police news conference Monday afternoon. "Getting up in the morning is hard. Going to bed at night is hard. I don't know where he is."

Goldsboro police say they believe Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr., 16, was abducted Sept. 9 from the 700 block of Bain Street in the Woodcrest Housing Community and forced into a car by three or four black males.

An Amber Alert was issued last week for the teen who was seen in a 1990s blue-gray, four-door Oldsmobile with faded paint.

Goldsboro Police Sgt. Dwayne Dean said Monday that the case is still classified as a missing persons case.

"Kennedy McLaurin is still in fact missing. The statewide Amber Alert is still currently in effect," Dean said. "Investigators continue to follow up on tips that have to come in and have passed out fliers in the Bain Street area in an attempt to gather more information concerning this case."

Kimberly Best Kennedy McLaurin family news conference

Best reported her son missing last Monday after becoming concerned when he didn't come home Sunday night. After hearing rumors that he had been abducted, she called police.

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.

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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  • Steven in NC Sep 21, 2012

    He's running the streets with his home boys ya'll.........

  • tammylock77 Sep 19, 2012

    There really needs to be more coverage on this story. I know if this were my child, I would be devestated. Someone has got to know something. My thoughts and prayers are with this young man and his family and for his safe return.

  • YourMom Sep 18, 2012

    WRAL PLEASE! put this on the front page! Help bring this child home!

  • iknowmyschnitzel Sep 18, 2012

    Practical..and my guess is that you ensured it was a safe place and you knew exactly where they were going to be, who they were with. Unfortunately, it took all night and the next day for this woman to be concerned enough to call the police. That just kinda tells me there was a lack of attention and knowledge about where this kid was running around.

  • roybaileyjr Sep 18, 2012

    My thought an prayers go to the family as a nation we need to step up and put a stop to our kids getting taken or running off. God well bring this young man home we have to put up to him an if the perps see this i well pray for you to god don't like this.

  • PracticalMagick Sep 18, 2012

    Thanks, Char...Sounds like we both took the whole parenthood thing fairly seriously. Obviously, not everyone does.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 18, 2012

    All straight A kids.


    Great kids you have and may they always be themselves and listen to you. Many cannot say what you say. I can and will say I am very proud of my 3 daughters and I will always.

  • m4ncsu Sep 18, 2012

    If the perps who took this boy were white, you would have heard nothing but this story since it happened. Black panthers would have been down here, along with Al & Jessee. Sick of it being ok for black on black evil, but white on black is the end of the world. Evil is evil, period.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 18, 2012

    last week for the teen who was seen in a 1990s blue-gray, four-door Oldsmobile with faded paint.

    Who saw him in this vehicle? Did they not think about getting a license number? How long did it take for his mother to realize he was kidnapped? What evidence proves that he was kidnapped?

  • PracticalMagick Sep 18, 2012

    Yeah, on a school night...There were special occasions or field trips early the next morning, or whatever. I allowed it and my kids are grown adults and nothing bad happened to them. All straight A kids.