Search for missing NC teen gets national boost

Missing Greenville girl Margaret Clayton.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A team of former and retired law enforcement officers from across the nation are on the way to Greenville to help in the search for a missing, disabled teen.

Wednesday afternoon, authorities discontinued the ground search for 19-year-old Margaret Clayton, who police say is severely intellectually disabled.

Missing Greenville girl Margaret Clayton.
PHOTOS: Missing Greenville girl Margaret Clayton.

The national team, known as Team Adam, is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited children. Its members are high trained investigators at federal, state and local levels. The team has a 92% success rate in locating missing children.

A Silver Alert remains in effect. She was last seen late Monday night at her home on Queen Anne’s Road in the Lynndale community. Her family noticed she was missing around 9:30 Tuesday morning. It’s believed Margaret may have walked away from home overnight on Monday.

GPD officers, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Greenville Fire and Rescue crews spent Tuesday night searching for her, calling it off overnight when visibility became an issue. They resumed that search Wednesday, along with Coastal Carolina Search Teams and a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office K9 search team. As part of the search, they used thermal imaging technology in wooded areas.

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