NJ Missing Persons Discovered in Dinwiddie County

Thanks to an alert Dinwiddie County, Va., property owner, the missing 71-year-old New Jersey woman and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter were located by their vehicle shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 28, 2016). Both were found sitting together against a tree approximately 45 feet from the silver Toyota Rav4 that was parked on private property at least a mile from Nash Road (16,000 block). The property owner had spotted the vehicle from afar and went to check on it, when he found the woman and the child. Ms. Briley was unconscious at the time of her discovery. No foul play is suspected in their disappearance.

Upon receiving the call from the local resident, the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police immediately responded to and remain on scene. State police is in contact with the lead investigative agency, the Township of Hamilton, N.J., Police Department.

It appears Barbara Briley turned off of Nash Road and onto a dirt road, which she followed about 3/10 of a mile before pulling off into the woods. At one point, she drove over a small tree, attempted to back up and the Rav4 got stuck in a remote area of the property. Based on evidence recovered at the scene, it appears the two were there for several days but had enough drinks and snacks to sustain them for the duration of that time.

Barbara Briley was flown by State Police Med-Flight helicopter to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va., for treatment. She is listed in serious condition.

Five-year-old La’Myra Briley was alert and appeared unharmed, but has been transported from the scene to the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office for medical evaluation. The child is now in the custody of a family member.

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