Search continues for missing teen


Etionne Joyner


Staff Writer

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Two people reported missing this week in Nash County have been located, but Rocky Mount police are still searching for a teen mother who has been missing since Sunday.

Etionne Joyner, 17, was last seen Sunday at Greater Joy Missionary Baptist Church at 820 Nashville Road. Joyner left the service with her son Ja'Kari Joyner, and Rocky Mount police issued an alert for both mother and son on Tuesday.

Rocky Mount police reported that Ja'Kari Joyner had been located Wednesday and is safe.

“The child was returned to his grandparents,” said Cpl. Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department. “However, we are still looking for the mother, Etionne Joyner.”

Anyone with information about Joyner’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 972-1411.

Rocky Mount police had also asked for help on Monday in locating Samarian Denne Jones, 24. On Wednesday, the police department confirmed that she had been located and is safe.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office also responded to a missing persons report on Wednesday on South Halifax Road near Joyner’s Crossroad. Nash County EMS, the Nash County Fire Marshal’s Office, Stony Creek Search and Recovery Dive Team and the N.C. Highway Patrol also responded to the call.

Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina told the Telegram that investigators feared that the man may have fallen into the water at that area. However, he was located alive and transported Wednesday afternoon to Nash UNC Health Care. His name was not released.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page credited the communications department for resolving the incident.

“A special thank you to Nash County Communications for being instrumental and diligent in assisting with the missing person whom was found alive and transported to the local hospital to be checked out,” the Facebook page said.