Human remains found as investigators search for missing Virginia teen

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SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police say their investigation into the disappearance of Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell led them Thursday to a home in Southampton County, where human remains were found.

Police say a tip led them to the 34000 block of Smith’s Ferry Road. WAVY learned the remains were found outside a shed in the backyard of a residence.

Police have not said if the remains belong to the missing 18-year-old. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the identification.

Hadsell has been missing since March 2. Her mother, Jennifer Hadsell, told WAVY’s Joe Fisher she had been notified by Norfolk police of Thursday’s discovery, but said police told her the remains had not been identified, yet.

Jennifer Hadsell released this statement to WAVY News on behalf of her family:On behalf of the Hadsell family, we would like to first thank the Norfolk Police Department, search and rescue, and all involved parties, businesses, individuals and media who have helped with the search for Anjelica Hadsell. It has not been confirmed with the coroners office that [the remains are] in fact AJ. We ask that the media and public continue to respect the family in this time of adversity. Your thoughts and prayers for the Hadsell family are needed and appreciated.

A Norfolk Police Department spokesman said he expects a police presence at the residence in Franklin “all night long.” He said the FBI has been involved in the missing persons case since early on in the investigation.

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