The search continues for a missing 71-year-old woman and a 5-year-old girl from Mays Landing who have not been seen or heard from since Christmas morning.

71-year-old Barbara Briely and 5-year-old La’Myra Briely - Photo: Hamilton Twp Police Dept

71-year-old Barbara Briely and 5-year-old La’Myra Briely, both from Mays Landing, left town on December 24th and were traveling to Morven, NC, for a planned holiday visit with family. They were last seen at an Exxon gas station in Ruther Glen, VA, on Christmas morning and appeared to be in good health. Police say Briely is operating a silver 2014 Toyota Rav 4 with New Jersey license plate C80-ELS.

Unfortunately, Hamilton Township Police, say there is no new information to pass along about the missing pair. Detectives from the Hamilton Township Police Department, along with New Jersey State Police, Virginia State Police, and the Morven Police Department have been working together to locate the missing subjects.

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Joanna Strange works at the Exxon in Ruther Glen and said she couldn’t believe it when she saw Barbara Briley was missing. Strange told WRIC-TV in Richmond, “I can’t believe that I actually physically spent time with her and helped her get to her destination and she didn’t make it... the fact that, now, this poor lady is missing is heartbreaking... she said she was lost and she needed directions to where she was going but she didn’t know how to work the maps on her phone.”

Anyone with information on their possible whereabouts to contact Hamilton Township Police at (609) 625-2700 or dial 9-1-1.


SOURCE: Hamilton Township Police Department press release, WRIC-TV

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