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Missing Kinston woman's car found in Raleigh

Posted July 20, 2011
Updated July 21, 2011

Laura Jean Ackerson

— Raleigh police have taken the lead in the search for a missing mother of two from Kinston after her car was found Wednesday morning in Raleigh.

Laura Jean Ackerson, 27, was last seen on July 13 in Raleigh driving a white 2006 Ford Focus with North Carolina license tag ZTL-7433.

The car was found parked at the Camden Crest Apartments complex, at 5400 Summit Manor Lane, near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lynn Road, police said.

Ackerson, the co-owner of GoFish Graphic Design, a marketing agency in Kinston, was reported missing on Friday after she failed to pick up her children from their father following a business trip to Wilson.

Patsy Hayes said her son and Ackerson have been involved in a custody battle for the past year and a half. 

“He called me Friday. He was telling me that she hadn’t shown up. He seemed a little frustrated because he had the kids in the car for an hour and a half. They were hot,” Hayes said.

Hayes said she is holding out hope for Ackerson's return.

"I just hope, maybe, she wanted to get away and took off and wanted to be with friends and family," Hayes said. 

Laura Jean Ackerson Missing Kinston woman's car found in Raleigh

Police said they have no evidence that foul play was involved in Ackerson's disappearance.

Ackerson is described as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 135 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts or who believes they may have seen her within the past week is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.


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  • RM24 Jul 28, 2011

    alot of young eastern nc girls seem to get mixed up with the wrong crowd nowdays. - bmg379

    What's "the wrong crowd"

    IN THIS case ones that KILL HER/CUT HER UP/THROW HER IN A CREEK. Not a good crowd to be hanging with.

  • chercheek Jul 21, 2011

    There is an epidemic of women going missing or getting murdered in NC. I think it should be mandatory that men learn that Divorce is an option.

  • beachgal Jul 21, 2011

    I hope she just needed a break and was embarrassed to tell anyone. I have a feeling her family would forgive her.

  • sckinton60 Jul 21, 2011

    Who was going to be required to the pay child support?

  • marciamal1 Jul 21, 2011

    I seriously don't think a mother would fake her disappearance - i believe sincet the two of them were in a custody battle, that he had something to do with this - I sure hope she shows up unharmed - My thoughts and prayers are with her

  • buford Jul 21, 2011

    wonder what you guys do that you are afraid to have your moves tracked?If you have ever driven thru the small eastern nc towns ,you know what the wrong crowd is - bmg379

    still don't know what you mean....

  • WritNEWlaws Jul 21, 2011

    If her ex lives in this complex, I would suggest getting the dogs out now and go to the woods of this complex and start looking for her.

  • chattycat Jul 21, 2011

    bmg379 - It is called "privacy", a right that we have. Sorry, some people just plain don't want the feds or any government body to intrude on their privacy.

  • bmg379 Jul 21, 2011

    wonder what you guys do that you are afraid to have your moves tracked?If you have ever driven thru the small eastern nc towns ,you know what the wrong crowd is

  • hunter38 Jul 21, 2011

    You never know these days whats going on....I mean we have seen so many times where people "go missing" and then find out they "faked" their disappearance....or ran off with someone else or just simply ran off......I hope for the best in this situation especially for the children involved. I hope she hasn't fell victim to some criminal that has been in and out of our revolving door justice system.