State charges against Wesley Hadsell withdrawn

Wesley Hadsell, father of missing Anjelica Hadsell, arrested on unrelated charges the same day crews search for his daughter. WAVY Photo

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — All of the state charges against Wesley Hadsell were withdrawn Tuesday during a hearing in Norfolk Circuit Court.

Hadsell’s adoptive daughter, Anjelica Hadsell, disappeared in March and her remains were found April 9 behind an abandoned home in Southampton County. The medical examiner says AJ died of acute heroin poisoning. Wesley Hadsell was facing several felony charges for interfering in the investigation into her disappearance. A trial for those charges was supposed to begin next month, but Tuesday, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office confirmed the charges of obstructing justice, possessing ammunition after a felony, and burglary were nolle prossed.

The CA’s office told the court that the possession of ammunition by a convicted felon charge is a charge Hadsell is now facing in Norfolk Federal Court. Hadsell remains in custody with that federal case pending.

Document: Hadsell Affidavit

The federal charge could put Hadsell behind bars for 10 or more years.

Document: Hadsell Criminal Complaint

Court papers say the charge stems from a search of Hadsell’s Norfolk hotel room on March 20. He had been living at America’s Best Value since Feb. 24, according to special agent Tracy O’Neil. Investigators found 80 rounds of nine-millimeter ammunition, some of which was hidden in an air vent.

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