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South Jersey woman and great-granddaughter missing en route to North Carolina

Posted by Angel of justice on December 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM


Authorities Tuesday were still trying to locate an Atlantic County woman and her great-granddaughter, who disappeared en route to their family's Christmas gathering in North Carolina.


Barbara Briely, 71, and La'Myra Briely, 5, left Mays Landing on Christmas Eve to drive to Morven, N.C. But they never showed up.


The two were last seen that day at an Exxon station in Ruther Glen, Va., 310 miles from Morven.


Barbara Briely stopped at the station about 5:30 p.m., saying she missed a turn due to construction on a nearby highway and couldn't get the GPS on her phone to work, according to Joanna Strange, a clerk at the station.

Strange said she helped Barbara Briely put in the address of her final destination, and then Barbara and La'Myra left.


The family reported them missing the next day.


Strange said Tuesday she couldn't believe she was one of the last people to see Barbara and La'Myra.


"It's just so unreal," she said.


Barbara Briely's daughter, Tonya Floyd, 47, of Mays Landing, said her mother used to drive buses for N.J. Transit, and that she has no medical issues.


Barbara Briely had also previously driven from South Jersey to North Carolina, where she was born, Floyd said.


Family members visited the Exxon station Monday to search for clues, and a missing-persons flier was posted on the door.


"We're hoping and praying," Floyd said.


Barbara Briely was driving a 2014 silver Toyota Rav 4 with New Jersey license plate C80-ELS.


Anyone with information should call Hamilton Township Police at 609-625-2700.



Categories: 2016, NJ, NC

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