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December 27, 2016

Report: Missing elderly woman, great-granddaughter from N.J. found alive

Pair had been traveling to visit family in NC for holidays

Missing Persons Investigations
122716_missing_persons_NJ Township of Hamilton Police Department/for PhillyVoice

Barbara Briley, 71, of Mays Landing, and La’Myra Briley, 5.

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m., Wednesday: Both 71-year-old Barbara Briley and 5-year-old La’Myra Briley were located alive in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, according to WTVR. Sources tell the outlet that Barbara was transported to a local hospital while La’Myra was found safe.

Authorities in Virginia have released surveillance footage showing 71-year-old New Jersey resident Barbara Briley, who is missing with her great-granddaughter, La’Myra Briley, 5, walking around inside a Virginia Exxon gas station store for about 45 minutes on Christmas Eve.

The pair, from Mays Landing, were last seen on Saturday, which was Christmas Eve, when they set off to visit family in North Carolina, authorities said. An investigation into their whereabouts was initiated later that day, and the search now spans at least three states.

The surveillance video, obtained by and shared with the public on Wednesday, shows Barbara Briley enter the gas station store in Ruther Glen, Virginia, at 5:39 p.m. on Christmas Eve, roam around inside and exit over the span of about 45 minutes. The footage also captures Barbara Briley peering out the store's glass door on occasion, presumably to check on the child, whom a witness saw in the car. notes that the taillights of her car can be seen leaving the parking lot at 6:06 p.m.

Virginia Lt. T.L. Nutter, of the Caroline County Sheriff's Office, said, "There's literally absolutely nothing that looks suspicious to us from her visit to the store,” reports, adding, though, that authorities have ruled out nothing at this time, including foul play.

Nutter added that the witness who reported the child in the car told police that Barbara Briley had asked him for directions and that nothing looked suspicious, reports.

The great-grandmother was operating a 2014 silver Toyota RAV4 with New Jersey license plate C80-ELS.

The Township of Hamilton Police Department is leading the investigation, which includes New Jersey State Police, Virginia State Police and the Morven Police Department in North Carolina.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Mike Robison at (609) 625-2700, ext. 578.

Staff Writer Elisa Lala contributed to this report.