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Hoke Search Centers Around Back Roads, Brown Trucks

Posted January 12, 1998 12:00 a.m. EST

— Everyday since Brittany's disappearance people have asked, "do police have any suspects? Have police made an arrest?" Sadly, the answer is still no. But it's not for a lack of trying. Monday, the search for a killer centered around the back roads of Hoke County.

Another brown truck is stopped and questioned. It's another lead that didn't work out. This one happened right on the spot where Brittany Locklear was abducted last Wednesday.

Brittany's mother, Connie Chavis, says she hopes the killer is caught before he can hurt anyone else. Chavis worries about the trail growing cold in the search for her daughter.

The sheriff says the next step in that hunt could go back to Brittany's family. Sheriff Wayne Byrd plans to ask the family to come in and take polygraph tests. But first, he wants to respect their mourning period.

"I have been through enough," Chavis says. "They shouldn't suspect any of the family members. It's my opinion. It's a stranger, and they need to find him."

If you have any information that could help authorities with their investigation, you are urged to call the tips hotline at 1-800-496-3803.

On the back roads of Hoke County, investigators spotted three brown pickup trucks. All three owners were hauled in for questioning and were released. One of the trucks was located right infront of Chavis' home. It belongs to a family member.