Timeka Donyale Pridgen

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Pridgen, circa 2001;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 26 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 12, 2001 from La Grange, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 8, 1984
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7 - 5'10, 165 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. When she was last seen, Pridgen had blonde or light brown highlights in her hair and braces on her teeth. Her ears are double-pierced. Her nickname is Meka.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A mint-green v-neck shirt, a knee-length mint-green skirt with a white flower print, a gold dolphin necklace and no shoes or socks.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Pridgen was last seen at 10:15 p.m. in the living room at her residence on South Street in La Grange, North Carolina on May 12, 2001. Her mother, Cosandra Best, was waiting for her boyfriend, Eric Earl Mercer Moore, to come home. She planned to break up with him that night. Best fell asleep and woke up at approximately midnight, and discovered her daughter was gone and Moore wasn't at the residence either.

    Authorities initially classified Pridgen as a runaway and believed she may have traveled to Goldsboro, North Carolina. However, they now think she may have been forced out of her home by someone after she let the person inside. She was barefoot at the time of her disappearance and left all her belongings behind, including her purse, money and her shoes.

    Moore is considered a person of interest in Pridgen's disappearance. He had prior convictions for kidnapping, assault, theft and a sex crime, something Best didn't discover until after Pridgen vanished. In 2006, he was convicted again of sexually assaulting a minor and is in prison. He hasn't been charged in connection with Pridgen's case. A photo of Moore is posted below this case summary.

    Pridgen's mother stated her daughter was a typical teenager in 2001 and enjoyed drawing, and that she had no reason to run away from home. Her case remains unsolved.

    Moore
    Above: Eric Earl Mercer Moore

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    La Grange Police Department
    252-527-5117

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    America's Most Wanted
    CUE Center for Missing Persons
    NC Wanted
    Unsolved in the News
    WITN
    NamUs
    WRAL

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 14, 2012; clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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