Tip leads Norfolk police to Isle of Wight in search for AJ Hadsell

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Norfolk, Va. - Norfolk Police are continuing the search for missing teenager Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell. On Friday, Norfolk police followed up after receiving a tip that led them to Route 258 and Joyners Bridge Road in Isle of Wight. Norfolk police crews ended the search operations in Isle of Wight around 2 p.m., NewsChannel 3 has learned. Nothing was found that will help investigators, officials say.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding her disappearance is continuing. Police have not ruled out any possibilities, they say, and are pursuing all leads.

Neighbors near the scene of Friday's search say investigators were looking for a cell phone.

AJ disappeared from her home in the Tarrallton area of Norfolk on March 2 while she was home for Spring Break from Longwood University. Investigators previously said they did not believe foul play was involved in her disappearance.

Since then, her adoptive father, Wesley Hadsell, has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering, obstruction of justice, and weapons charges in relation to an incident that occurred in the days following AJ's disappearance.

Wesley Hadsell has maintained that he has nothing to do with AJ's disappearance. At this time, he remains in the Norfolk City Jail.

Police ask that anyone with information, or anyone who has seen her since March 2, 2015, to call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.


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Google Map for coordinates 36.777757 by -76.838808.

Location of the search


  • bfowler

    Wow! Way to jump to conclusions on something you may not no anything about! Hope they find her so her family can be at ease.

  • Looking4Answers

    Since her dad found her jacket at a house he suspected, police know that it’s either them or him. But they still have to find her body to know what happened to her.

    Does anyone know who that white car following her around and parking in her driveway belonged to? They say in other articles that her dad drove a white van, not a white compact car. And if he found out who supposedly took her, why didn’t the cops also know? Were they unwilling or unable to search the house? Is that why the dad decided to go in for himself?

    • papa c

      The authorities today obviously cannot be trusted. Coverups are common. They want to pin it on the stepfather, but don’t believe them. In whose house was the jacket found? Why don’t we know this?

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