UPDATE: Body found on Bent Mountain has been confirmed as Sarabeth Hammond

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UPDATE:  Roanoke County Police have confirmed that the body found off Bent Mountain Road on Saturday, December 31 is that of Sarabeth Rose Hammond. 

The medical examiner has determined that blunt force trauma to the head was the cause of her death. 

Hammond was going north on Bent Mountain Road and was in a sharp curve of the road when her car hit a landscaping wall in front of a home in the 9200 block and went over a steep hillside. 

Police believe speed was a factor in the accident.  

A caretaker of the home, which is empty and for sale, stopped by on Saturday afternoon and noticed the damage to the wall and debris in the years. 

After looking further, he found the car nearly 150 yards down the heavily wooded slope behind the home. 

Hammond was ejected from the vehicle and found 50 yards away from it. 

According to a Facebook Page in remembrance of Sarabeth, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14th at 11:11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Merriman Road.  

Here is the full press release: 

January 4, 2017 – Roanoke County Police have received confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s Office that the body recovered Saturday afternoon off of Bent Mountain Road is that of Sarabeth Rose Hammond.

The cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma to the head.

Police believe speed was a factor in the accident. 

Hammond was traveling in the northbound lane and in a sharp curve of the road when her vehicle struck a landscaping wall in front of a home in the 9200 block of Bent Mountain Road.

The vehicle then went over a steep hillside.

A caretaker of the home that is vacant and up for sale stopped by the home Saturday afternoon and noticed damage to the wall and debris in the yard.

Upon further inspection, he spotted the vehicle nearly 150 yards down the heavily wooded slope behind the home. He called dispatch at 2:01 p.m.

Hammond was ejected from the vehicle and found 50 yards away from it.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue personnel recovered Hammond at 3:55 p.m. and the vehicle at 6:00 p.m.  

The last known signal from Hammond’s cell phone was December 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Using cell phone analysis, Roanoke County Police and Virginia State Police conducted an air search Friday across a portion of Bent Mountain but nothing was discovered.  

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UPDATE: Roanoke County Police say they have found a body matching the description of the missing teen.

According to officials, they also found a car matching the description of Hammond’s car on Bent Mountain.

Investigators say Sarabeth Hammond’s personal belongings were also found near the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing.

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UPDATE:

Roanoke County Police say they have found a car matching Sarabeth Hammond’s vehicle. 

Authorities say a Hyundai was located off Bent Mountain Road on Saturday. 

The teen was last heard from December 28th around 6:30 p.m. 

Currently, Virginia State Police are investigating. 

She is described as 5’3″, 115 lbs with  green eyes and blonde hair.

Anyone with information about Sarabeth’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Emergency Communications Center at (540) 562-3265. 

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UPDATE: 12/30/16

Roanoke County Police say the FBI is now involved in the search for Sarabeth Rose Hammond.

“She would always call me, if she was going to be late, you know, to check in for anything and so that’s why it was very odd to just not hear any response back,” said Caroline Hammond, Sarabeth’s mother.

Terrified as unanswered texts turn into a mother’s worst nightmare.

Her teenage daughter Sarabeth Rose Hammond missing for more than 48 hours.

On Friday Roanoke County Police say using cell phone analysis the agencies searched an area on Bent Mountain.

Virginia State Police also conducted an aerial search but nothing was found.  

As the search continues, Sarabeth’s mother Caroline has a message for her daughter.

“How much I love her and how much she is loved by so many people, friends, family, her dad and her big sister and her little brother and me and just such an enormous circle of concerned and worried people who want her home and Sarabeth, you know, no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, you know, just come home. We want you home no matter what. What ever it takes, we’ll go anywhere to get you. Just please come home,” said Caroline Hammond, Sarabeth’s mother.

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UPDATE:  Roanoke County police say the search has finished.  

Nothing was discovered in connection to the missing teen. 

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Police are looking for missing a missing teenager in Roanoke County. 

Roanoke County Police, the Virginia State Police and the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue departments are searching Bent Mountain for Sarabeth Hammond.

Virginia State Police will do an aerial search.

Sarabeth was last heard from at 6:30 p.m. on December 28. 

She is described as 5’3″, 115 lbs with  green eyes and blonde hair. 

If you know where she is, or think you have seen her, please call police.  

Here is the full press release: 

December 30, 2016 – Roanoke County Police, Virginia State Police and Roanoke County Fire & Rescue are conducting a search this afternoon of the Bent Mountain area in Roanoke County as part of the investigation of missing teen Sarabeth Hammond.

Using cell phone analysis the agencies have defined an approximate two-mile search area across Bent Mountain.

Virginia State Police will conduct an aerial search. 

Sarabeth was last heard from at 6:30 p.m. on December 28.

She is described as 5’3″, 115 lbs with  green eyes and blonde hair.

Anyone with information about Sarabeth’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Emergency Communications Center at (540) 562-3265. 

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