RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond Police are now involved in the investigation of missing woman Delecia Waddy after she was spotted in the City of Richmond Sunday afternoon, Crime Insider sources tell Jon Burkett.
Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa confirmed he believes the sighting to be credible.
Sources said Waddy was spotted on Fendall Avenue on the city’s Northside.
Investigators said the source of the sighting is an acquaintance of Waddy's and reported that they were unaware that she was reported as a missing person at the time of their conversation on Sunday.
"I would like to thank the media, the public and all of the dedicated men and women of law enforcement who have tirelessly searched for Delecia Waddy,” said Lippa in a statement. “This sighting provides hope that Delecia will be found safe and returned to her family. In the meantime, several law enforcement and fire agencies, along with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, continue to work tirelessly to ensure her safe return."
The 24-year-old disappeared Thursday, March 9 in Caroline County. Previously, investigators said Waddy was last seen around 3:30 Thursday afternoon walking through a field off Meadow Farm Road.
Investigators called off a ground search Friday after scouring the North Anna River and Camp Wilderness parking lot where Waddy's SUV was found. Waddy's cell phone and purse were also recovered during the initial search.
"I just want a safe return,” said her distraught mother Felecia Monday, after pausing to gather her thoughts.
Felecia Waddy called her daughter’s behavior bizarre, and says she has never gone this long without contacting someone in the family.
"I just want the safe return of my daughter,” said Felica Waddy. “It's been real hard on me."
Waddy is described as a 5’01”, 145lb, African-American female, last seen wearing a black halter-top, black pants with a white stripe down the leg and no shoes.
Officials urged anyone who may have seen something that might prove helpful to their investigation to call the Caroline County Sheriff's Office 804-633-5400 or if you want to remain anonymous call 804-633-1133 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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