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Two years later, a new search for Scotland Neck teen

Posted October 18, 2012 6:12 p.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2012 2:18 p.m. EDT

— More than two years after 18-year-old Jalesa Reynolds disappeared after leaving the Halifax County Memorial Library, local law enforcement agents, volunteers and representatives of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are retracing her steps.

Reynolds was last seen using a public computer at the library on Feb. 22, 2010, and investigators believe that, based on her computer activity, she might have gone to a home on Cemetery Road.

Search teams employed a grid method Wednesday and Thursday and will be in the area around Cemetery Road again Friday, Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams said Thursday.

Williams has said authorities suspect foul play in Reynolds' disappearance, but beyond that, details have been scarce.

Williams said it the renewed search would cover ground already searched, and that it was planned and not spurred by any new tips or information.

The governor’s office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case, and Williams urged anyone with information they might have to come forward.