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Worries grow over missing Kinston mom

Posted July 21, 2011

— Worried family members of a missing 27-year-old Kinston mother said Thursday that they are growing more concerned after her car was found at a Raleigh apartment complex this week.

Laura Jean Ackerson was reported missing July 15 after she failed to pick up her two sons from their father in Raleigh following a business meeting she had in Wilson.

The co-owner of a marketing firm in Kinston, she was last seen in Raleigh on July 13, police said, and her white 2006 Ford Focus was found in the Camden Crest Apartments, near Glenwood Avenue and Lynn Road, early Wednesday morning.

Raleigh police investigators are examining it for clues but said that an initial search found no evidence of foul play.

A close relative, who didn't want to be identified, said Wednesday that she fears for Ackerson's safety and does not believe that Ackerson would ever leave her two children under any circumstances.

Ackerson lost contact with many of her family members and friends in recent years, the relative said, as a result of a "controlling and volatile relationship" with her children's father, Grant Hayes.

Laura Ackerson, missing Kinston woman Worries grow over missing Kinston mom

Hayes' mother, Patsy Hayes, said Wednesday that the two have been involved in a custody dispute for the past year.

Grant Hayes, she said, called Friday and seemed frustrated that Ackerson had not picked up the children. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Raleigh police are asking that anyone who might have seen Ackerson within the past week or knows where she might be to contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.

Ackerson is white, stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 135 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Meanwhile, family and friends have set up a Facebook group, requesting prayers, and members of Grace Fellowship Church in Kinston, where her family attends, are also organizing a daily prayer group.


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  • Iworkforaliving Jul 22, 2011

    cooper is guilty. get over it.

  • uncw05 Jul 22, 2011

    Maybe your request email is sitting at the end of a list of 1000s who asked to be added.

  • jaredg Jul 22, 2011

    "They probably aren't sitting around at their computers reading facebook group requests. Their time is better spent out looking for her. Don't assume malicious intent."

    since I have requested to be added several other have been added. So yes they were on their computer adding people.

  • uncw05 Jul 22, 2011

    They probably aren't sitting around at their computers reading facebook group requests. Their time is better spent out looking for her. Don't assume malicious intent.

  • thescarletpimpernel Jul 22, 2011

    +++of course she would be emotionally unstable

    She may have a medical condition.

    She might be upset that the father of her children married another woman and has a newborn child in the family. She might be upset that she doesnt see her children enough, and there's a stepmother in the picture now. She might be tired of everyone in her business. I'm hoping she's alive and took a little break from everyone.

    Unstable folks usually need a little control.

  • ma54321 Jul 22, 2011

    The group is "Family and Friends of Laura Jean Ackerson".

  • jaredg Jul 22, 2011

    never mind i found it...thank you!!

  • jaredg Jul 22, 2011

    ma54321...thank you...what is the name of the group?

  • jaredg Jul 22, 2011

    I understand the church wanting to be selective but there is no reason to completely ignore me. As soon as I requested to join I wrote the group creator this..

    "Can you please add me to the Praying for Laura Jean Ackerson group. I would like to keep up with the latest on this. I knew Laura and we stayed in touch on through Linkedin. She was actually at my wedding. I'm very concerned for her."

    no response. then to another group member...

    "Can you please add me to the Prayers for Laura Ackerson" Group? I'm an old friend of Laura's and I am deeply concerned for her."

    then to another member after no response...

    "XXXXX, will you please confirm my request to be added the the "Prayers for Laura" group? I'm an old friend and am very concerned for her. Do you know if a search party will be organized soon? I live near the area that her car was found and would love to help look for her."


  • sacredpleasure Jul 22, 2011

    Now they are saying through court documents that she shows signs of erratic behavior and is emotionally unstable....of course she would be emotionally unstable if she was in a "controlling and volatile" relationship.