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Deputies seek missing Middlesex-area woman

Posted on February 19, 2021

Updated on February 22, 2021

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Authorities are searching for 20-year-old Brittney Lynn Dudley, shown here in an image released by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

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Authorities are searching for 20-year-old Brittney Lynn Dudley, shown here in an image released by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

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MIDDLESEX — The Nash County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing woman who may have dementia. 

Brittney Lynn Dudley, 20, of Buck Deans Road north of Middlesex, has been missing since the day before Valentine’s Day, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said in a Thursday night press release.

Dudley was last seen at 5:40 a.m. Feb. 13 wearing a red hoodie and red plaid pants. 

Authorities believe Dudley might be traveling in a navy blue Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV. Deputies say she may be with a friend, 24-year-old Shanicia Gardner, who’s been reported missing from Bertie County.

“Brittney Lynn Dudley is believed to be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or a disability that requires (her) to be protected from potential abuse or other physical harm, neglect or exploitation,” Medina said.

Dudley is described as mixed race, white and Black. She’s 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. She has freckles on her cheeks under both eyes, which are hazel. She has dark brown, shoulder-length hair.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Dudley on Friday. A missing person report was previously filed with the sheriff’s office. 

Dudley’s Buck Deans Road address listed on the sheriff’s office news release matches the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home’s address. It’s unclear whether she is a resident there.

Gardner, the woman who may be traveling with Dudley, was the subject of a Silver Alert issued on Feb. 17. Gardner is described as a Black woman who’s 5 feet, 7 inches tall with short black hair and brown eyes and weighs about 174 pounds. 

Silver Alerts involve missing people of any age who are believed to be suffering from dementia or another cognitive impairment. Subjects of the statewide emergency bulletins are considered missing and endangered.

Anyone with information on Dudley’s whereabouts is asked to call Sgt. D. Dupree at 252-557-6492, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at 252-459- 4121 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.   

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