Joyful ending to long, frantic day searching for missing Greensville girl

Posted at 3:01 PM, Jul 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-22 23:54:27-04

EMPORIA, Va. - Greensville County Sheriff's investigators and K9 units searched for Niesha Keices-Lynn Powell, 11, for about 14 hours Tuesday.

Deputies took neighbors to headquarters for questioning, after  Powell vanished from her trailer home off Green Plains Road around 8:00 Tuesday morning.

Her mom told deputies she saw her daughter at 7:45 a.m. but fell back asleep.

At nine, her mom told deputies she noticed the trailer door open and Niesha nowhere to be found.  Even more startling, and strange, family members say Niesha wasn't wearing her shoes.

Her family says investigators ran tracking dogs that sniffed out Niesha's scent all the way to a creek that straddles the Sussex/Greensville county line.

By evening, Niesha had been missing for 14 hours.  Her father Kevin Bradley got word of his eldest daughter’s disappearance late Tuesday morning and drove six-and-a-half hours from the shipyard where he works in South Carolina to come look for his little girl.

"It was real emotional, man, not knowing what's going on with my daughter or if I'd ever see her again,” Bradley said.  “It really hurts me."

This is a developing story.....

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Greensville County Sheriff's Office at 434-348-4200.