Lincoln Co. deputies need help finding missing teen

Vanessa Pelayo
Vanessa Pelayo Courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities in Lincoln County are asking for the public’s help in finding a teen who has been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

Vanessa Marie Pelayo, 15, was last seen in the 600 block of South N.C. 16 and is considered a runaway, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office news release. She is 5 feet 2 inches and weighs about 185 pounds.

She sports shoulder-length red hair.

Anyone with information about Pelayo’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Greg Hager at 704-735-8202 or the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050.