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Shybera Sydnor (PHOTO: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)

Shybera Sydnor (PHOTO: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)

Shybera Sydnor (PHOTO: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – It has been 10 days since anyone has seen 15-year-old Shybera Sydnor. She is a foster child who has a history of running away from foster homes, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

“She has never been gone for this long and we are now seriously concerned for her safety and welfare,” Brunswick County Sheriff Brian K. Roberts said in a statement.

Shybera Sydnor - runaway 15 yr. oldSydnor has long, black hair with brown highlights. She was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, pink flowered shirt, black pants and gray sneakers with pink shoelaces, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was last seen April 19, walking away from a home on Thomasburg Lane in Freeman, Va. Investigators have followed up on leads in Greensville County and Emporia.

“We have received information that she may be headed for New York, where she has a sibling also in foster care,” Sheriff Roberts said. “We are asking anyone who might recognize Shybera or have any information on her whereabouts to please contact us. She is not in trouble with the law. We just want to make sure she is not in danger or has been harmed in any way.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 434-848-3133 or the Brunswick County Crimes Solvers at 1-866-884-5732.


  • random

    how come she keeps being put into foster care if she doesn’t want to be, even though she is underage why doesn’t another child that actually wants a family get one. Why don’t you try putting her and the sister in the same home for once maybe she wouldn’t run away. If she has done this before, she must be a pro at it.

    • manalishi

      Good point, but i would beg to differ. A huge proportion of fosters are just plain lost or confused. At 15 she may go either way,,,so I content we find her first, evaluate the situation after we ensure her safety.

    • Belsma

      What else do you suggest we do with her? She is in foster for a reason. I don’t think it’s that simple to place siblings together especially if they live in different regions of the county. I am curious as to who is helping her run away and possibly travel from state to state.

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