Friday, December 30, 2016

Bringing Sarabeth Home: New Information

Sarabeth Hammond and her family: sister Sophie, mom Caroline, brother Pierce on Christmas Eve.
Here is the latest information from Caroline Hammond on the disappearance of her daughter--and my dear sweet surrogate grandgirl--Sarabeth, who has not been seen since Wednesday evening:

Sarabeth with little Rebecca.
"It's Day 3 and this is becoming more surreal and more chilling than I ever imagined but I'm staying strong with the best support system and team of investigators. 

"As of last night there was some hard evidence that I'd like to report and that could help locate Sarabeth. On Wednesday December 28, starting at 5 p.m., Sarabeth drove from Blue 5 in downtown Roanoke to Brambleton Avenue to drop her friend home,  straight up to Bent Mountain. 

"She was located on Bent Mountain specifically in the area of the fire station and the Bent Mountain Bistro for 18 minutes around 6:30 pm. 

"If anyone has seen her or any activity related to her during these times in these locations, please call 540-562-3265 and refer to case 16-076649. We will be searching diligently in these areas today until Sarabeth is found. Thank you for helping bring her home."

If you're not comfortable talking directly to the police, call me at 540-556-8510 and I'll get the word to them. 

13 comments:

  1. Time for a search by Air...From 419 up 221 and the Parkway. On top of Bent Mtn and the surrounding area's. She could have drove off the road.

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    1. I agree I don't think they're trying hard enough. Or something else is going on for her not to want to answer the phone.

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    2. Please request that the Dept of Emergency Management get search and rescue dogs to track from the area near the Bistro - maybe car off road -or- at least definitive next direction headed?

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  2. search party ???

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  3. "Car off the winding road down an embankment" was the first thing my brother said when I shared Sarabeth's story this morning. We are from NC and Roanoke, Va and know that area off 221 and Bent Mountain. We are West Coasters now but are following by way of our Roanoke relatives FB posts. Please INSIST on an air search. ALL are in our prayers.

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  4. We have a local search team, called Search and Rescue Associates, they have trained search animals and their services are free if you think it appropriate please text me 540-598-2399 and I will get you in contact with them.

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  5. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that the answer is as simple as she drove off the road or down an embankment. What folks seem to be looking past is there was no good reason for her to be on top of Bent Mountain in the first place. From the information known (or at least made known) it appears she dropped off a friend somewhere off Brambleton Ave and texted her mother she was headed home to change before meeting her mother somewhere in town very soon after. Bent Mountain is WELL past where she lives by several miles and many minutes out of her way at that point. There was no reason for her to be up there if she were just running home alone to change before heading back into town to meet her mother. Her being up there at that time contradicts entirely her last text message to her mother. So, the focus probably should be (and probably is by, those on the case) on why she went up there in the first place.

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    1. This is my concern as well. If she said to expect her in town shortly, it doesn't make sense that she'd drive to the Bent Mountain Bistro. Way more that just a few minutes out of the way. It also doesn't make sense that her car went off the road, once at the Bistro area. It's flat and straight there. We all are hoping a praying for the best. At the same time, it makes sense to consider all the possibilities that exist, in order to find her. If she was abducted in Roanoke, someone else may been driving her car up 221 or she may not have driven there of her own volition. I think it might be useful, as someone suggested, to track an dating site communications she may have had.

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  6. The cell phone coverage in that area is also very spotty. I have a hard time getting a cell signal in that area. I hope they find her safe and bring her home soon. Prayers for her and her family.

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  7. To me another chilling fact is another girl 14 also has been missing from Roanoke city since wends evening .. something feels very wrong to me

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    1. The 14 year old from Roanoke City has been reported missing more than once. There does not seem to be any reason to associate the two cases.

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  8. I wonder if they've tried to ping the GPS system on her car?

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  9. Why on earth would you tell people to stop searching for her and "let the professionals do their jobs"? Awful advice.

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