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Goldsboro teen's disappearance now a homicide case

Posted September 21, 2012

— Goldsboro police are now investigating disappearance of a teenager who's been missing for nearly two weeks as a homicide and are looking for a suspect in connection with the case.

Sgt. Dwayne Dean told reporters Friday evening that investigators have issued an arrest warrant on an open count of murder for Leonard Eugene Joyner in the case of Kennedy "Little Ken" Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr.

McLaurin was kidnapped Sept. 9 from the 700 block of Bain Street in the Woodcrest Housing Community and was last seen being forced in a 1990s blue-gray, four-door Oldsmobile with faded paint, police have said.

"The police department has identified all subjects involved in this case, and we can assure the public that this is not gang-related nor was it random," Dean said.

He added that police are still interviewing people of interest and that more suspects are possible.

He would not comment on a motive.

Joyner, 21, of 104 Cotton Field Drive in Goldsboro, has black hair, brown eyes, stands about 6 feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has a tattoo, "Joyner," on his right forearm, and he frequents the Hickory Hills area of Goldsboro, Dean said.

Anyone who knows Joyner's whereabouts is urged to call 911 or a local law enforcement agency.

Police news conference on Goldsboro teen's disappearance Police news conference on Goldsboro teen's disappearance

Meanwhile Friday, police investigators and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation spent most of the day near Carmack Road in Seven Springs, a rural area about a half-hour southeast of Goldsboro, where Dean said they found physical evidence related to the case.

He would not say what that evidence was or whether it could lead police to McLaurin.

He urged the public to call the police department's 24-hour tip line at 919-580-4243 if they have any information about McLaurin's disappearance.

He 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.

"We have a 16-year-old young man who has not been located," Dean said. "The family is wanting closure. We want closure, and we will continue on until we can get that closure for the family."

April Hobbs-Cox, speaking on behalf of McLaurin's family, thanked police and the public for their support in keeping the case in the public eye.

"Thank you all for your prayers and support in helping locate Ken and bring him home," Hobbs-Cox said. "(The family asks) that you continue to keep them in prayer and continue to keep them lifted up."

In an interview earlier Friday with WRAL News, the teen's father, Ken McLaurin Sr., said not knowing where his son is, coupled with rumors about the case, has taken a toll on him and the family.

"There have been different rumors," he said. "My worst-case scenario is (that) I hope he's lying in a hospital somewhere alive. My best scenario is (that) he comes walking on his own two feet through the door."


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  • amygreene317 Sep 21, 2012

    Violent crimes in this country are happening all of the time it seems...There must be reforms made to our justice system that make the possible punishment when captured reason enough not to committ the crime. I too am praying for this family.

  • computer trainer Sep 21, 2012

    They did not find his body, did they???

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 21, 2012

    Maybe I'm missing something, but what makes them believe this was a murder? I couldn't tell from this article.

  • pennlioness Sep 21, 2012

    NO!! This is horrible. Praying for his family and for those who did it to be punished!

  • whyalltheproblems Sep 21, 2012

    no :(
    so very sad for his family...

  • whatelseisnew Sep 21, 2012

    What a shame.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 21, 2012

    Society is going downhill fast!

  • caryzoo Sep 21, 2012

    I am so sorry for the family, please accept my sympathy for whatever occured.. It does not matter what color we are, or economic status we are. When the psychopaths want to play, everyone is fair game.

  • weneed2pray Sep 21, 2012

    my heart goes out to the family. My prayers are with them.

  • babbleon1 Sep 21, 2012

    My deepest sympathy to the family, and I hope they're wrong about the charges.