Teen remains missing

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 9, 2008

PENDLETON – The search is continuing for Brittany Elizabeth Newsome who has been missing from her home for two weeks.

While tips have filtered into the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO), the 15 year old has not been seen by her family since she was reported missing on June 26.

Brittany’s father, Millard S. Newsome, said the family is still working with the NCSO and putting out flyers printed with their daughter’s photo and vital information.

Millard Newsome said he recently returned to his Bible study group to help him cope with Brittany’s disappearance.

“We do love her and we miss her,” he said. “Anyone who has her or know where she is please call, who ever picked her up please let us know where she is so we can come and get her.”

Mr. Newsome said the family has received calls from the community showing their support.

Meanwhile, Sheriff’s Chief Detective Captain D.M. Harmon said the NCSO has received leads and calls on sightings of Brittany in the area, but upon further investigation nothing has materialized from those tips.

Harmon said the NCSO along with the family is looking into offering a reward for information on Brittany’s whereabouts that leads to her return.

Brittany’s information has been posted on the NCIC (National Criminal Information Center) System.

Brittany is a black female who wears glasses, stands five feet, two inches tall and weighs 165 pounds.

Millard Newsome last saw his daughter around 12:30 p.m. on June 26 at their home on Vaughan Creek Road near Pendleton, where he was assisting Brittany with her i-Pod in the living room. He left his daughter in the living room to retrieve ear phones from a bedroom. When he returned Brittany was gone.

At approximately the same time, the Newsome’s next door neighbor awoke to the sound of his doorbell ringing. Upon getting up to answer the door he heard a car door close. There was no vehicle seen by the neighbor.

It is believed by Brittany’s family and NCSO officials that the teen left on her own will, but it is unknown who she may have left with.

Brittany was deeply involved with the Internet, according to family members. She had profiles on MySpace and Facebook, both of which are popular social networking web sites.

Those with information concerning Brittany’s whereabouts are urged to call the NCSO at 534-2611 or the Northampton County Crime Stoppers line at 534-1110.