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Security photos show missing Kinston woman

Posted July 22, 2011

Laura Jean Ackerson

— Police on Friday released two photos from a security camera showing a Kinston woman on the day she disappeared last week.

Laura Jean Ackerson, 27, 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.

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

The security camera photos were taken on the morning of July 13, police said, but they declined to say where the camera is located.

In the photos, Ackerson is seen wearing a brown sleeveless blouse and tan Capri pants. She is carrying a black leather bag with white lettering and a brown Liz Claiborne purse.

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

Police said the security photos show her with hair that is shorter and darker than that depicted in photos shared by family members who reported her missing.

Ackerson has been in a custody dispute for more than a year with the father of her two children, but friends have said she wouldn't have abandoned the children.

Raleigh police have asked anyone who might have seen Ackerson in the past week or knows where she might be to call Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.


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  • autonomous173 Jul 22, 2011

    First, who is the official that gave the order not to release the location of the security camera?? The location could jog someones memory and possibly lead to clues. Fire this irresponsible person now. Second, all avenues should be investigated. Beside the obvious spouse issues, no one has said whether the police are looking at cell records, dating accounts, email accounts, and maybe even Facebook accounts. The problem these days is too many women set up dates with strangers from dating sites and they don't even know who they are meeting for lunch. Women should assume that 99% of the guys on dating sites are perpetrators. Releasing as much info as possible will speed things up. There should be no secrets. You can't hide important clues that someone in the public may be able to help with. You need remedial training in law enforcement if you think holding info helps. How difficult is this to understand?

  • boneymaroney13 Jul 22, 2011

    Everyone hopes she has just walked away rather than foul play being involved. If she's just walked away, I don't understand why a person wouldn't openly do so and not cause all this heartache to their family. This is such a waste of resources if she is OK.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 22, 2011

    ProudBlackSingleMother - "Anyone who would deny custody to a child's father is a bad person."

    She wasn't trying to deny him custody. He and his mother were trying to take the kids from her.

    Don't you read?

  • packfan1752 Jul 22, 2011

    No foul play suspected? Sounds like mom got tired of the drama and is dealing with it in the most cruel way.

  • hellorhighwaters Jul 22, 2011

    What makes even less sense is....if they find out that the father is the actual killer of the mom. Then who is the 'bad person' as you say?....ProudBlackSingleMother

  • imagine Jul 22, 2011

    The security photos look like they're taken in an office building. She looks like she's dressed casually -- I wonder if that's typical of what she would wear to a business meeting?

  • carla349 Jul 22, 2011

    Playing close to the vest will only benefit the police for so long. They still haven't said if she or her children's father has any relation to the apartment complex where the car was found. Trickling out a few clues shouldn't be guised as asking the public for help.

  • h3ardita11b4 Jul 22, 2011

    Wait. She's a bad person because she wants her children to live with her? HUH????

  • doglover11 Jul 22, 2011

    Anyone who would deny custody to a child's father is a bad person.

    You know what?? Unless you know these people you have no right to say anything about her or the dad. You have no idea what the circumstances are. None of us do. So until then, you need to keep your "she gets what she deserves" comments to yourself. I don't want to hear them and nobody else does either.

    I hope they find her safe and sound.

  • rescuefan Jul 22, 2011

    "Anyone who would deny custody to a child's father is a bad person.

    Huh? That makes no sense.