FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. — Rocky Mount, Virginia is 483 miles southwest of New York City, though it became a focal indicate this year in a hunt for a Queens, New York lady who dead in 1994 — more than 21 years ago.
A Good Samaritan who had watched with fear as a homeless lady crossed 4 lanes of trade in a same area last fall, though looking, did some investigate on a Internet after a uneasy foreigner left town.
In January, Ruth Collins stumbled opposite an “age progression” print on a Internet of Renee LaManna, who was 35 when she bolted from her sister’s home in Ocean City, New Jersey on Jan 8, 1994.
LaManna would now be 57 years old.
“And when we saw it, we went ‘Oh my God, we know her!”
Collins showed a blueprint to her sister, Laura Manning, who had snapped photos of a womanlike drifter selling in a mini-mart final Oct and articulate to a sheriff’s deputy.
“They could not have finished a improved pursuit with a age progression, we can tell we that” Manning said. “I’m assured it’s Renee. Yes, we am.”
Renee LaManna was vital in Fresh Meadows, Queens in early 1994, when she was detected erratic barefoot outward her unit on a frozen Jan day. She was articulate incoherently.
It turns out her long-time boyfriend, a cab motorist from Afghanistan, had only damaged adult with her.
LaManna had converted from her Catholic faith to use Islam.
The beloved after suggested that LaManna had been struggling with stress and depression.
LaManna was a one-time Peace Corps proffer in Morocco and her sister pronounced she spoke 5 languages. She had a Master’s grade in history.
On Jan 8, 1994, Margaret LaManna pronounced Renee was taken to a psychiatric puncture room during Jamaica Hospital, though she wasn’t admitted.
Family friends got Renee LaManna to Margaret’s home in Ocean City, New Jersey. But Renee bolted from a residence within 40 mins and was never seen by her family again.
Just over 21 years later, Collins called Renee LaManna’s sister, Margaret, on Feb. 2, 2015 and announced, “I saw your sister.”
That phone call spawned a amicable media debate to “Find Renee” that’s lighting adult Facebook pages all over a Southeast.
But Margaret LaManna wants a inhabitant bid from law enforcement.
“She doesn’t know who she is, so her temperament is unfamiliar to her,” Margaret LaManna told PIX11 during a outing to Rocky Mount, Virginia. “She has finish memory loss.”
Ruth Collins and her sister told PIX 11 a homeless lady carries maps from many states in her bag and gave opposite names to law enforcement: Darlene Hanson. Darlene Hartfield.
Then, Laura Manning listened a drifter give a opposite name.
“That’s when she says Renee,” Manning recalled, revelation PIX 11 a emissary steady a initial name to a stranger. “She said, Renee Laman.”
Last October, that name meant zero to a Good Samaritans.
But after Collins spent months poring over a Internet, she was now assured Renee LaManna’s Missing Persons page was associated to a uneasy foreigner she had met.
“When we entered Rocky Mount, she pronounced something to me in a denunciation we didn’t understand,” Collins said. “I said, ‘Where are we going?, she said, to Florida.’”
Florida is poignant in this narrative, since LaManna’s relatives were vital there when she disappeared. Her comparison sister after altered to West Palm Beach, as well.
Laura Manning remembered, “She couldn’t know because her family hasn’t found her yet.”
She told a sisters in Virginia about some of a things she likes.
“The peacocks her favorite bird, she told me that,” removed Collins. “All a colors in a peacock.”
The Facebook page featuring a debate to find Renee LaManna facilities a print of a smiling beauty as a immature woman, wearing a bluish dress.
Another print shows her wearing a peacock-colored tip nearby a beach.
“Ruth was a matter for a Find Renee campaign,” Margaret LaManna told PIX 11, during Dudley’s Truck Stop in Rocky Mount. “The roadblocks to anticipating her is miss of assistance from police.”
Paul Bane, a priest from Franklin, Tennessee, wrote on a “Find Renee” Facebook page that he encountered a homeless lady final November, perplexing to get a train to Dallas, Texas.
He bought a drifter a ticket. He took a print of her. She is wearing a peacock-colored coat.
Ruth Collins pronounced she bought that cloak for a drifter final Oct in Virginia.
Bane snapped his dungeon phone print of a homeless woman, after dropping her off during a Nashville, Greyhound Bus station.
Rod Craig is a lorry motorist who lives nearby Asheville, North Carolina. He and his wife, Laura, have assimilated a “Find Renee” campaign.
The integrate says they saw a homeless lady in late Feb nearby Asheville.
They both contend a grin on a woman’s face matches a grin on immature Renee’s face from thirty years ago.
Craig hands out flyers during lorry stops when he’s on a road.
Laura Craig has assimilated “Team Renee.”
“We’re only one float divided from anticipating her,” Laura Craig noted. “We need a inhabitant alert. The complement is broken, as distant as mental illness.”
PIX 11 visited a Hometown Inn in Rocky Mount, where a drifter spent dual nights in Room 107, interjection to a affability of “Helping Hands”—a homeless services group.
But a lady left on Oct 7, 2014.
Collins tearfully remembered, “She pronounced it was time to pierce on. And she pronounced ‘God brings people like we to me, and God walks with me. Every day.”
The poser lady had told Collins she feared a military and that she’d also been attacked over a years. She told Collins “everything changed, after a blue car,” giving no denote what that matter meant.
PIX 11 Investigates assimilated Margaret LaManna, when she visited Captain Paul Caldwell during a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Sep 10.
Caldwell after spoke to PIX 11 on camera, and he explained that it’s not so easy to stop a homeless drifter to check them out.
“There has to be some kind of probable hazard they’ve done to mistreat themselves or others,” Caldwell said. “Certainly, with a info we have now—with a photos—we could certainly, when a person’s encountered, make a phone calls to a family.”
There is no DNA on record for this drifter to compare with Margaret LaManna.
Renee LaManna does have a series in a NCIC system: one series for New Jersey and another series for New York.
The NamUS MP# for Renee LaManna is 1232.
The NIC series from NJ is M702254323.
Renee LaManna was 5’2’ tall. She weighed between 100 and 125 pounds when she disappeared. Her eyes are brown. Her hair was brown. She has a keloid-type injure nearby her left elbow.
Her sister believes she suffers from “dissociative fugue disorder.”
In early March, 2015, North Carolina put out a “Silver Alert” for Renee LaManna—showing a design of a womanlike drifter—but it was called off after several weeks.
There have been unconfirmed sightings of a lady in Lexington, Kentucky.
In August, there were unconfirmed sightings in South Carolina Walmarts.
On Aug 31, a military officer from Hopewell, Virginia wrote on Facebook that he speckled her on I-95 South, nearby Exit 52South in Petersburg.
PIX 11 stopped during Exit 58 nearby Richmond, Virginia—where there were unconfirmed sightings progressing this year—but nothing of a truckers during a Pilot Stop famous a print of LaManna.
One of a biggest helps to a “Find Renee” debate comes in a form of an 18-wheeler, donated by Road Scholar Transport of Pennsylvania.
Renee LaManna was innate in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1958.
Jim Barrett of Road Scholar Transport was altered by her story. He’s donated a tractor trailer to be used during lorry deliveries all over a southeast.
It’s wrapped with information about LaManna’s story.
Danny Weaver is a driver.
“In a day’s time, we could do 500-600 miles,” Weaver told PIX 11, as he gathering along Route 220 in Rocky Mount. “We go by North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, to Pennsylvania and around back.”
Jim Barrett forked out that 80 percent of a “eyeballs” that would see Renee’s story would see it on a behind panels of a truck.
There are 50 other trucks carrying her information on a behind panels.
The 18-wheeler has hulk visuals of a womanlike drifter on a side of it, with amicable media sites and a message, “Please find me.”
“I adore you, Renee,” Margaret LaManna said, in an interest to find her sister. “I’ve missed we for 21 years. I’ve never stopped looking for you. Come home.”
Anyone with information should call 888-RENEE11.
Margaret LaManna can be reached during (561) 339-2266.
Her final interest “Take a photo. Call 911.”