Beaufort County teen missing since Nov. 20 found safe in Lenoir County


WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Beaufort County teen who had been missing since Nov. 20 was found safe in Lenoir County.

Officials with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said Zaniya Jones, 16, was located by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. She was scheduled to be returned to her legal guardian.


WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office needs help from the public in locating 16-year-old Zaniya Jones. 

Jones ran away from the Beaufort County Foster Home where she was living on Friday, November 20, and has not been seen since. 

She is 5’-4” tall and weighs approximately 120 lbs and last seen wearing a coat with black jogging pants and white shoes. 

Officials said Jones has ties to Pitt County and could possibly be in the Ayden, Winterville, or Greenville areas. 

If you know the whereabouts of Zaniya Jones, contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office or your local Law Enforcement Agency.

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