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N.C. authorities help search for missing girl

Posted January 5, 2010
Updated January 6, 2010

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons is assisting Virginia authorities in the search for a missing 11-year-old girl.

Alexis Cartwright was last seen at the Cumberland Children’s Hospital in New Kent County, Virginia. Alexis’s medical condition is serious and she is in need of immediate medical attention, officials said.

Alexis and her family are from Bath, N.C.

The child is described as a white female, about 5-foot-3 and 135 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue coat with an Aeropostale logo, a yellow and green shirt and blue jeans.

Authorities believe Alexis may be with her father, 55-year-old Lemuel Cartwright. He is described as a 6-foot-7 white male. He has brown eyes and brown hair.

They may be traveling in a blue 1993 Dodge RAM 1500 pick-up truck, with N.C. registration XYZ-8450.

Warrants with full extradition have been issued for Lemuel Cartwright, authorities said.

Anyone with information about this case should contact New Kent Sheriff’s Office immediately at 804-966-9500, the VA State Police 1-800-822-4453, 911 or *HP.


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  • Godschild43 Jan 6, 2010

    Praying for her safty and that she gets the medical help that she needs.

  • amyrn Jan 5, 2010

    Actually, it looks like the Beaufort County Dept of Social Services has custody of her and she has been being treated for Diabetes. She is in critical need of medical attention.

  • sandygayle77 Jan 5, 2010

    Why is everyone so concerned that the girl looks older than 11, she is a missing child in need of medical care! And for all the people who say she must be older than 11, you should see my daughter she just turned 11 two months ago and she is 5'6" and she looks like she is about 15 or 16 years old! I really hope they find this poor girl and I hope that she is safe

  • amyrn Jan 5, 2010

    The entire story would be interesting. But, I would almost bet she has oppositional defiant behavior or conduct disorder unless she has bipolar disorder or some other type of mental diagnosis. She is young, 11 years old and looks like an adult female. I hope her father gets her help. Maybe he doesn't agree with the type of treatment she is getting. There could be any number of scenarios...I just tend to like the ones that deal with mental health.

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 5, 2010

    What is the complete story here?

  • JAT Jan 5, 2010

    she's 11??

  • tarheelgirl36 Jan 5, 2010

    Hope this young lady is found and able to get care needed. Although, why would her father not want her to get the medical care she needs?

  • amyrn Jan 5, 2010

    This is not your usual children's hospital. It is for children with special needs. Could be chronic disease or could also be for Traumatic brain injury or for psychiatric/mental illness issues.
    I, too, agree the young lady looks older. She's wearing makeup and just appears to be older than 11. However, my 15 year old daughter is often mistaken for someone 18 or 19. People mature differently.
    I would venture to guess this young lady has some emotional/psychological issues and was being "committed" and she didn't want to be there and her daddy didn't want her there.
    Bless her heart, I do hope they find her safe and sound.

  • wattsun Jan 5, 2010

    All this talk about the girl looking older ....

    Well what about the dad?
    He doesnt exactly make 55 look young:)

    Hope she is found safe.

  • hiyadun Jan 5, 2010

    this girl looks much older than 11 and the dad looks creepy