Anthropology team assists in search for missing teen

ECU graduate students Alex Putnam-Garcia, Andrea Pease, Kelsey Roepe and Kathryn Drake were on the team that provided assistance in the case of a missing N.C. teen. (Contributed photos)

A team of East Carolina University anthropologists are assisting in the search for a missing teenager from Scotland Neck.

Dr. Megan Perry

Anthropology professors Dr. Megan Perry and Dr. Charles Ewen, along with five ECU graduate students, will excavate areas of interest and use ground penetrating radar to search for evidence in the case of the missing girl, Jalesa Reynolds, 18. Reynolds has been missing for 3 years and authorities have stated they believe foul play is involved.

Henry Schmidt of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Special Agent Walter Brown of the State Bureau of Investigation contacted the ECU team to request assistance.

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ECU professor Dr. Charles Ewen, left, helps an SBI agent search for evidence in the case of a missing teenager.