LA GRANGE, N.C. — Investigators and relatives are stumped more than nine years after a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home in Lenoir County.
Cosandra Best last saw her daughter, Timeka Pridgen, at their home in La Grange, east of Goldsboro, on May 12, 2001.
Best said she came home to rest and wait for her boyfriend. She dozed off and woke up around midnight to find that Timeka was missing and her boyfriend, then 31-year-old Eric Moore, had never showed up.
"I started looking around to see if anything was missing, and I saw that the shoes that she was wearing was still there (and) her purse. That's when the panic set in," Best recalled.
After her daughter disappeared, Best learned from police about her boyfriend's criminal past: convictions for a sex crime, kidnapping, assault and theft.
Did the police ever trace the boyfriend's whereabouts that evening? Seems like they really didn't look into this all that much...
16-year-old girl vanishes without a trace
Timeka Pridgen was last seen alive on September 9, 1984 in La Grange, North Carolina. She was last seen at 10:15 p.m. are her home. She has never been heard from again. Police initially considered Timeka a runaway, but investigators now think she may have been forced out of her home. Timeka was barefoot at the time of her disappearance and left all of her belongings behind.
Just a correction to the article:
BBM is Timeka's DOB.
Timeka was last seen alive on May 12, 2001.
Per her NCEMC
I hope the link works.....it shows Timeka's then boyfriend has been in jail since 2006 on an attempted 2nd degree sexual offense. Projected release date is in 2015.
First name Timeka
Middle name Donyale
Last name Pridgen
NCMEC number 911721
Date last seen May 11, 2001 00:00
Date entered 02/16/2009
Age last seen 16 to 16 years old
Age now 29 years old
Race Black/African American
Height (inches) 67.0 to 70.0
Weight (pounds) 165.0 to 170.0
Dental Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered
DNA Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
Fingerprint Information Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available
Using NamUs May 11 LSA date, Timeka has been missing 13 years today.
WRAL ran another story about her today (and it looks like lazy work since they copied their own previous story...)
There were no signs of forced entry or a struggle at the home. Investigators determined that Timeka had been on the phone with a friend, who told them the call ended after she heard a knock at the door.
"There have been a number of searches around LaGrange, as well as the Goldsboro area," said Anthony Jernigan, assistant special agent-in-charge with the State Bureau of Investigation.
In 2006, Moore was convicted of a sex crime that happened two years after Timeka's disappearance. He is serving a minimum nine-year prison sentence and is scheduled to be released in 2015.