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Remains found in the search for missing Norfolk teenager positively identified as Anjelica Hadsell.

Updated on April 11, 2015

A community torn apart

A community shattered, a family devastated and left without answers as authorities revealed that the remains found during the search for the missing Virginia student are those of Anjelica Hadsell. Norfolk Police Department released a statement on Friday; more than a month after AJ disappeared. AJ’s uncle, Drew Hadsell told ABC, “in time we’ll heal, but it’s a long road ahead of us. There’s no closure, there’s no closing that door”.


Human remains found

Authorities found the remains in a shed behind a Franklin, Virginia home located in Southampton County on Thursday. Although it was feared immediately that the remains were going to come back as AJ's, authorities sent the remains to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for the purpose of positive identification, as well as determining the cause of death. It didn’t take long to identify the remains, but figuring out the cause of death to figure out how AJ died or possibly murdered is a separate investigation, one that will likely take some time. No matter how AJ died, the question remains the same. Who is responsible for the disappearance and possible murder of the young university student?

Remains positively identified as AJ Hadsell


No arrests have been made, yet

Now that the remains have been identified, uts time for law enforcement to complete the investigation and put the person or persons responsible behind bars, the question is; does law enforcement already have that person behind bars? Is Wesley Hadsell the person responsible for what happened to his adoptive daughter? No other arrests have been made in this case. A lot of suspicion has been throwing around towards AJ’s adoptive dad, Wesley Hadsell who is currently behind bars on separate charges including breaking and entering, obstruction of justice and weapons charges. Hadsell was arrested after breaking into a home to execute a search for evidence relating to AJ’s disappearance, which Hadsell claims he isn’t responsible for. As far as rumors goes, it seems that Wesley Hadsell was kicked out of the family home some 3 weeks before AJ went missing, Hadsell also has an extensive criminal record which combined could understandably show why so many are looking to him for answers regarding the presumably murdered teen.

One minute they're there, the next they're not

Some 800,000 adults and children still remain missing in the United States of America, with a new report of a missing person coming across our news feeds on a daily basis. It is something that has been out of control for some time, and something that will likely to continue to be out of control until we as a society start to really break down and realize what we are doing to ourselves, not just as people, but as a species. We are systematically taking ourselves out, and for very selfish reasons at that. Anjelica didn’t deserve to have her life taken, her family didn’t deserve to have their child, their niece, their sister, their friend, or their community member taken from them either. The young woman comes home for spring break and instead of enjoying the winter melt down with her family, her family is burying her.

Communities come together, this is true, but often they come together only when it’s too late and the ending results are this. Let’s take the death of Anjelica Hadsell and use it as a learning experience, to show how important it is to really come together and show each other how much we love one another. My heart and prayers continue to go out to the Hadsell family as they continue to grieve the loss of such a gentle soul.

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© 2015 Amanda Seaton


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