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Lynchburg teen still missing

Lynchburg teen still missing

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LYNCHBURG, VA -

UPDATE: Wednesday, 12:15 p.m.

The Lynchburg Police Department has roped off a building on Concord Turnpike and Pleasant Valley. There is heavy police presence in this area. Part of Pleasant Valley Road has also been shutdown. Investigators say a press conference related to missing teen Jamisha Gilbert will be held later this afternoon. WSLS has a crew on the scene.

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People spent hours throughout today and yesterday searching for any signs of missing teen Jamisha Gilbert.

Her disappearance has left the people closest to her worried for her safety.

Doris Carter has known the family for several years as a close family friend and neighbor. She saw Gilbert grow up and was at her high school graduation too.

"Jamisha has always been to me a good girl always had her mind set on going to college and making something of herself," says Carter.

The girl who family described as having a bright future was last seen Friday on Concord Turnpike and Winston Ridge Road. About 70 to 80 officers were searching around the wooded area where her family car was found wrecked and abandoned.

At one point while we followed them, one of the groups stopped while investigators collected evidence.

We reached out to the Lynchburg Police Department who told us it isn't releasing information on what has been collected so far and are working to figure out what lead to the disappearance.

"The circumstances we have the information that we have just does not lead us to believe this would be like a runaway juvenile or a voluntary failing to return," says Lt. Gearhart.

In addition, investigators say they are still unsure whether Gilbert was driving the car that was found wrecked the night she was last seen or what may have caused the damage on the vehicle. But loved ones now hope they'll get those answers and Gilbert back soon.

"I hope she's alright I hope they find her and maybe got out to walking and got disoriented in the night or something," says Carter. "I hope she's OK."

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