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Lynchburg Police Search for Missing Teen

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WRIC)—Lynchburg Police are searching for 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert, who disappeared under suspicious circumstances last week.

Jamisha's mother, Norma Gilbert-Eldridge, said that when she last spoke to her daughter on Wednesday, Nov. 27 the teen was apologizing for keeping her younger brother out late.

"She said, ‘I just wanted to hear your voice,'" Gilbert-Eldridge said. "That's when I started to worry."

The Thanksgiving weekend came and went with no word from Jamisha, an honors graduate of Heritage High School. When Gilbert-Eldridge still hadn't heard from her daughter on Sunday, she filed a missing persons report.

Lynchburg Police found Gilbert's car, a burgundy 2002 Honda Accord, crashed off of Concord Turnpike, near Winston Ridge Road in Lynchburg.

"The side-view mirror was off, and some other parts of the car," Gilbert-Eldridge said. "The headlight was off and the railing where she had hit—it had a lot of the paint from the car."

"We are concerned for her welfare and her safety," said Lieutenant Dave Gearhart of the Lynchburg Police Department.

LPD has set up a command post along Concord Turnpike. Dozens of Lynchburg Police officers, firefighters and the Virginia State Police are searching by foot, air and boat.

"We do not have any information that she is with anybody at this time. And we have no information that there's any danger to the public," Gearhart said.

State Police sources tell 8 News that clothing was found during their search, and while they can't confirm this clothing belongs to Gilbert, they do say they are acting under the assumption that it is that of the missing teen.

"We are treating this as a suspicious missing person, and we are concerned for her safety at this point as we have been from the beginning," Gearhart said.

Gilbert-Eldridge is left with many questions and very few answers; now, she is waiting and hoping for her daughter's safe return.

"Your safety, you coming home, that's what it's about. That's what we want, we want you," Gilbert-Eldridge said. "Come on back home."

Gilbert's friends say they last saw her between 12 and 1 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

Gilbert's best friend, Diamond Blake, says she just want her friend to come home.

"I keep thinking that it is something similar to Alexis Murphy but I don't want to think like that," she says. "Something bad happen to her, like she got kidnapped or something I don't want to think bad things but that's the only thing that has popped into my head."

If you have any information on Gilbert's whereabouts, please call 434-455-4090.


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