South Carolina Amber Alert Has Been Issued For Missing Teenager

Pictured; Kennedy McLaurin Jr

UPDATED: 09/20/12 – Friend’s and Family March for Missing Teen –

Goldsboro, N.C. — Family and friends of missing teen Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr. marched through Goldsboro Thursday evening to draw attention to his case.

Participants, including North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber, started at the McLaurin family home on at 5:30 p.m. and walked to the Goldsboro Police Department.

“Today made 11 days (since he went missing), and I’m very frustrated,” said McLaurin’s father, Ken McLaurin. “It’s still kind of hard, you know, to sleep, eat. If somebody knows where my son is at, please call in to the tip line.”

Goldsboro police believe McLaurin Jr., 16, was abducted Sept. 9 from the 700 block of Bain Street in the Woodcrest Housing Community, where he lived with his family, and forced into a car by three of four black males.

An Amber Alert was issued for the teen, who was seen in a 1990s blue-gray, four-door Oldsmobile with faded paint.

McLaurin’s mother on Monday pleaded for her son’s safe return.

“I need my baby home,” Kimberly Best told reporters at a police news conference Monday afternoon. “Getting up in the morning is hard. Going to bed at night is hard. I don’t know where he is.”

Goldsboro Police Sgt. Dwayne Dean said Monday that the case is still classified as a missing persons case. Investigators have passed out fliers in the Bain Street area and continue to gather tips, he said.

Best reported her son missing Sept. 10 after becoming concerned when he didn’t come home the night before. After hearing rumors that he had been abducted, she called police.

McLaurin stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, pierced ears and a tattoo of the initial K on his left hand.

Anyone with information about McLaurin’s disappearance can call a 24-hour tip line at 919-580-4243. They can also call 911, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at *HP, the Goldsboro Police Department at 919-705-6572 or Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.


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An Amber Alert was issued for 16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin Jr. This AA is being described as a ”possible abduction.”

Family members say they last saw 16-year-old Kennedy Mclaurin Jr. from Goldsboro, North Carolina, on Sunday.

Police say he was with a friend when they began a conversation with someone in a car, that’s when he was grabbed and stuffed in older model blue Buick or Lincoln. It was last seen driving north on Bain Street. Goldsboro Police say he was abducted by four people. Investigators say they aren’t sure who those four people are.

Investigator’s are asking the public for assistance in locating the vehicle described above, and Kennedy Mclaurin Jr.

If you have any information, call the Goldsboro Police Department: 919-705-6572.