MISSING: Grandmother and granddaughter vanished on way to North Carolina

They were last seen at an Exxon gas station in Ruther Glen, Virginia

A 71-year-old New Jersey woman and her 5-year-old great granddaughter remain missing after leaving from Mays Landing on Christmas Eve, en route to see family in North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Barbara Briely and great granddaughter, La’Myra Briely, were last seen at an Exxon gas station on Rogers Clark Boulevard, in Ruther Glen, Virginia, at around 5:30 p.m. They were in  a 2014 silver Toyota Rav 4, with license plate number C80-ELS.

According to Barbare Briely’s niece, Marcella Rorie, the elderly woman got confused on Interstate 95, and pulled over to the gas station to get instructions. An Exxon store employee helped Briely with her GPS while she spoke to Rorie on the phone. It was last time her family heard from her.

“She got twisted around on 95 because of all the traffic. I spent 30 to 45 minutes with her, talking to her, to make sure everything was ok before she left the store.”

Teri Ramseur, Barbare Briely’s daughter, said that she kept calling her mother’s cellphone over and over, but it goes straight to voicemail.

“As of 8 p.m. Saturday night, we have not talked to her. Her phone keeps going to voice mail, it’s dead,” said Ramseur.

Breily, who worked with the NJ Transit system, is an experienced driver. As far as Ramseur knows, her mother doesn’t have any medical conditions that hinder her driving abilities. She’d also never go this long without contacting family.

“If she could drive, if she could talk, if she could contact somebody, she would not let this much time pass without talking to us. We’re trying to keep a clear head and not think the worst,” said Ramseur.

Barbara Briely stands 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs around 215 pounds. La’Myra Briely was in grey sweatpants and a grey hoodie the last time she was seen. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact family members at one of the following songs:

  • 609-892-4436
  • 919-247-8769
  • 704-851-9470
  • 609-241-4297


[Feature photo by the Hamilton Township Police Department]