Mother of missing Norfolk teen calls police over news coverage

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-27 12:35:02-04

NORFOLK, Va. -- The mother of a missing Virginia teenager called police on a Hampton Roads television station Thursday after the station, at the behest of the missing girl's father, showed up at the home to report on the search for Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell. The 18-year-old Longwood University student was last seen in Norfolk on March 2.

"Please respect our privacy and leave us alone," Jennifer Busby Hadsell screamed from her front porch. "I will call the cops. I am not playing. This is not your situation. Please respect my family."

The WTKR news crews showed up at Hadsell's home Thursday after Wesley Hadsell, AJ's father, asked the station to keep the search for AJ in the news.

"If you guys put my daughter’s picture out there, that’s what matters," Wesley Hadsell said in a jailhouse interview.

Police arrested Wesley Hadsell last weekend on charges connected to a home break-in and obstruction of justice. Hadsell was arrested the same day crews searched for AJ in Chesapeake. Hadsell told he broke into the home of the person he suspected of taking his daughter.

"I found my daughter’s jacket in his couch, rolled up behind the cushion," Hadsell told "I was just trying to make the evidence come to light. It’s not like I had the jacket, I didn’t plant the jacket, I didn’t know anything about that. It was the fact of the overwhelming information that led me there."

Hadsell does have previous criminal history.

In 2005, Hadsell was indicted for rape, kidnapping, assault and domestic violence in Delaware County, Ohio. A press release about that situation said Hadsell, then 27, was indicted just before his then estranged wife disappeared. The charges were later dropped. In 2006, the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed Hadsell was arrested again, sentenced to 54 months in jail for a bank robbery in Fredericksburg. Hadsell had previous arrests in both North Carolina and Williamsburg that go back to 1998.

Anyone with information about AJ Hadsell's whereabouts should call Norfolk Police Detectives at 757-664-7026 or the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.