Princeton Times


September 10, 2012

Adreanna Hamby disappearance: 18 days and still no word

PRINCETON — It’s been 18 days since Carl and Brenda Hamby heard their daughter’s voice, and that’s the one sound they long for more than anything else.

Adreanna Hamby, 17, of Green Valley, left her family’s Green Valley home on foot on Aug. 23, and made her way to Mercer Mall, where she told friends she needed to get to a bus station in Bluefield before 10 a.m. Aug. 24.

Brenda said a homeless man reported spending the night alongside Adreanna in an alley, where she waited to catch a morning Greyhound bus bound for Roanoke, Va.

Carl and Brenda don’t think Adreanna actually completed the trip to Roanoke; instead, they have reasons to believe she got off of the bus early, possibly to meet up with someone she met online and arranged a pick-up in Wytheville, Va.

“That seems to be the last time anybody has seen her,” Carl said.

In fact, it appears Wytheville is where Adreanna’s trail goes completely cold.

“We’re at Day 18, and we’ve not heard anything from her,” Carl, who described his daughter as a T-shirt-and-pajamas kind of girl, said Monday. “Yesterday, there was a possible sighting, but it didn’t turn out to be anything.”

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Task Force and officers throughout the area have joined the effort to track the 17-year-old girl with aspirations of becoming a famous pop singer. So far, they have found little to point them in the right direction.

Adreanna left her cell phone at home, eliminating her ability to use it to call for help or for law enforcement to identify her location through its tracking device. Adreanna also allegedly deleted the browser history from the family computer. Both devices are currently being reviewed by West Virginia State Police computer experts in a Huntington forensics lab, but so far, they have not yielded useful information.

“It’s been worse than I ever could have dreamed. It’s like having our hearts ripped out,” Carl previously told the Princeton Times.

He originally feared Adreanna had set out for Los Angeles, Calif., where he believed she would try her hand at the music business. A longtime songwriter, Adreanna had recently determined she had enough original material to cut her first album, and Carl speculated she had struck out for stardom — perhaps to follow in the footsteps of her musical icon, Rihanna.

Soon after, however, Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. S.A. Sommers reported that unconfirmed tips indicated Adreanna might have stayed in Virginia once she crossed the state line.

The officer believes someone close to the teen might know her location or plans.

“We’re still following up on leads as far as Facebook and friends, and we feel that there’s somebody, maybe one of her friends out there, that knows more than they’ve come forward with,” Sommers said Monday.

He urged anyone with any information, no matter how small or large the tip may be, to contact law enforcement officers as soon as possible.

“The longer she’s gone, the more the risk increases to her,” he said.

Adreanna stands approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall. She has strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. She burned her left forearm recently while preparing dinner, and Carl said she will likely be covering the wound with a bandage. She has a few light freckles, particularly visible on her arms.

In addition to the officers, Carl and Brenda Hamby asked anyone with information on Adreanna’s whereabouts to call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department at 304-487-8364, or simply call 911, wherever the location. In addition, anonymous tips may be left on the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department website,, or at the West Virginia State Police’s site at Crime Stoppers phone and web tipline will also take information and get it to the right law enforcement agency; to leave tips there, call 304-255-STOP or visit

“We love her. We miss her. We just want her to know she can always come home. It doesn’t matter where she is; if she’ll call us, somebody will come get her,” Carl said.

If Adreanna should see the stories about her disappearance, Brenda has one message for her.

“Please, please call home. You’re not in trouble. We love you, and we want you to come home,” she said.

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