Loved ones release balloons a month after teen’s disappearance

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Family and friends of Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell released blue and white balloons Monday night at a place where she loves to spend time.

More than 100 people went to the balloon release at the Little Creek National (LCN) ball fields in Tarrallton. AJ played softball for eight seasons at LCN before becoming an umpire three years ago.

The Search for AJ Hadsell

“Every single day gets a little bit harder, but we miss her dearly,” said Andre Barr, a close friend. “We’re doing everything we can to show her a sign that we’re still looking.”

Jennifer Hadsell, AJ’s mom, believes her daughter is still alive and is asking the public to keep the faith.

“There’s a lot of support out here for her, and I hope to continue to see more support as the days go, for however long that may be, hopefully not too much longer,” Mrs. Hadsell said. “She’s a great kid, and we just want her home … We want people to be more aware of their surroundings, people walking down the street, the car that’s next to you at the stoplight, kind of just take a peak in.”

AJ Hadsell went missing March 2. She was last seen on Millard Street near her family’s home around 2 p.m. Hadsell’s loved ones are confident she did not leave on her own accord and are desperate to find answers.

“She’s a super strong kid,” said Collin Saunders, a close friend. “No matter what happens, she’s always made her way back from whatever it was. She’s resilient.”

The Norfolk Police Department said they have poured hundreds of man hours into the search for Hadsell. They are remaining tight-lipped regarding their investigation and findings, but they say they are looking into all leads.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Hadsell, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.

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