Carteret County Sheriff’s Office cancels welfare check for missing woman

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Lauren Diane Johnston (Carteret County Sheriff’s Office photo)

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) — The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office has canceled the welfare check notice for Lauren Diane Johnston, who was reported missing Thursday morning.


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A welfare check has been issued for a Newport woman who has been reported missing.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office reports Lauren Diane Johnston has been reported as a missing person after failing to return to her residence on Oscar Hill Road in Newport. Early Thursday afternoon, the vehicle she was believed to be operating, a 2002 Toyota Celica that’s dark blue with the license plate RAP-6509, was located by law enforcement.

She was last seen Tuesday around 11:30 p.m., officials said.

Johnson is 32, 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a navy blue sweatshirt. She may be in the areas of Bell Creek or Beaufort in Carteret County.

Anyone with information is asked to notify the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 728-8400 or Carteret County Communications at (252) 726-1911.

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