Grandmother, great-granddaughter vanish en route to Christmas in NC

— Authorities are searching for a great-grandmother from New Jersey who went missing with her 5-year-old great-granddaughter during a holiday car trip to North Carolina.

Hamilton Township police say 71-year-old Barbara Briely and La’Myra Briely left from Mays Landing on Saturday morning and were last seen around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a gas station in Ruther Glen, Virginia, where Barbara Briely had stopped for directions.

Family members say Briely has no known medical issues and has often driven to North Carolina without incident to visit with relatives. They have repeatedly tried to reach her by cell phone since she went missing and are tracing the route they believe she was traveling.

Briely was driving a silver Toyota Rav 4 with New Jersey license plate C80-ELS.

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