Missing woman spotted in Caroline County; Witnesses take cell video

Missing woman spotted in Caroline County; Witnesses take cell video
Search team at Meadow Event Park (Source: NBC12)
Search team at Meadow Event Park (Source: NBC12)

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A missing woman was spotted after an exhaustive manhunt, which started early Friday morning in Doswell. Hanover County Sheriff's Office investigators received a tip that two people had reported seeing Delecia Waddy, 24, in a Caroline County neighborhood, late Thursday afternoon. Delecia was alive and not in any danger, according to sheriff's deputies.

Search teams from multiple agencies had combed the woods around Meadow Event Park and the Kings Dominion campgrounds, for any trace of Waddy, since 5 a.m. Friday.

Waddy can be seen on surveillance video leaving a relative's apartment in Henrico on Thursday morning. Two hours later, her Ford Explorer was discovered abandoned at the Kings Dominion campground, according to investigators. Surveillance video from the campground shows Waddy walking on up to Rt. 30, towards Meadow Event Park. Her cell phone and other belongings were found on the roadside, near the fairgrounds. Detectives say the phone was not working.

"We're going to do everything we can to find this lady safe," said Major Scott Moser with the Caroline County Sheriff's Office.

After hours of searching, two people reported seeing Waddy unharmed in a Caroline County neighborhood late Thursday afternoon, taking cell phone video of Waddy.

"Two individuals, who saw her around 3 p.m. yesterday, and that is who recorded the video. She did not need any assistance and did not seek any additional help at that point," said Chris Stem, an investigator with the Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

The manhunt was called off. Investigators say search dogs also tracked Waddy's scent to an area where she may have been with other people. In the meantime, Waddy's Facebook page shows dozens of posts of hopeful memes made over the last two days.

Caroline County deputies are still searching for Waddy, treating her as a missing person. Anyone who might have seen her should call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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