Cary Police Step Up Search for Missing Teen
Posted February 28, 2002 12:03 p.m. EST
CARY, N.C. — November 14, 2000
New evidence in a missing persons case has prompted Cary police to intensify their search for a 16-year-old girl first believed to have run away.
Amanda Simpson-Deane was last seen on September 19 at Cary High School, where she is a student.
Tuesday afternoon, officers found a bookbag in a pond off Chatham Street near the intersection of NE Maynard Road. Police say the girl's name was on the bag.
About 30 people, along with search dogs, have been searching the area since finding the bookbag. That search continued into Wednesday, when late in the afternoon, crews drained the pond.
No new evidence turned up and the search is expected to resume Thursday morning.
Police say Simpson-Deane has a history of running away. They say she was unhappy about a recent move to Cary with her father. Her mother lives in New York.
Simpson-Deane is described as a black female, 5'8" tall, weighing 120 pounds. She has brown eyes, shoulder-length brown hair and wears glasses.
She was last seen wearing an orange and blue pullover, blue jeans, and blue and white sneakers.
Crimestoppers will pay up to $2,500 for information leading to her whereabouts.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at
Cary Police Department