Jessica Lawrence Missing – Update: Body found in Robeson County during missing person search

Jessica Lawrence Missing – Body found – Death – while investigators were conducting a missing persons search a body was found in Robeson County on Monday.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said the body was found off of Tom M Road near NC710 between Rowland and Pembroke.

Which is in the general area where detectives have been searching for missing 42-year-old Jessica Lawrence.

The sheriff’s office said it has obtained Lawrence’s DNA for comparison to the body found Monday. Investigators have also spoken with family members about obtaining Lawrence’s dental records.

Her disappearance has been called suspicious and likely unlawful by the sheriff and investigators said they have reason to believe foul play was involved.

There are no other information at the time of this report.

Earlier: Search crews are looking in ponds, wooded areas, and using drones and cadaver dogs to find 42-year-old Jessica Lawrence, who went missing in September.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said that they found a cellphone during their search on Hubbard Road near Rowland and are working to confirm if it belonged to Lawrence.

Lawrence, who used to live in High Point, was last seen on September 26, but was not reported missing until last week.

Deputies in Robeson County say she left work at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville and stopped by her home in St. Pauls, located about 30 minutes north of Lumberton.

Linda Locklear lives next door and said Lawrence just moved to the neighborhood. she said “I let her have curtains to put up before she got her stuff in there and we just hit it off. It was just like we knew each other for years, I don’t have a vehicle so she said ‘girl you don’t have to worry about going to town now’ because she said ‘I’ll take you when ever you want to”.

Locklear said Lawrence and her boyfriend, 42-year-old Michael Brayboy, had plans to go to Pembroke the night she went missing.

Locklear said “That night is the last night that I’ve seen that vehicle or him or her”.

When Lawrence didn’t meet her landlord to pay rent, Locklear said they went inside her house on October 12 to check on her.

said Locklear. “We saw stains on the wall and stains on the curtain and a bloody sock on the floor”.

Police called her disappearance suspicious.

Deputies found Bradboy driving Lawrence’s Jeep Grand Cherokee in Red Springs on October 13, weeks after she was last seen.

Court records show Bradboy is a convicted sex offender and spent more than 20 years in prison for rape.

Bradboy hasn’t been charged in Lawrence’s disappearance, but deputies did arrest him for failing to report a change of address by a sex offender.

He’s in the Robeson County Detention Center on a $1.5 million bond. Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said he suspects foul play in Lawrence’s disappearance.

If you have information that might help, call Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 671-3170.