Police looking for missing teenagers


Chris Henson



Jerrika Hooper

Jessica Nobriga

  By Abby Morris-Frye

  amorris@starhq.com
  Police and worried parents are looking for three Elizabethton teenagers who have run away for the second time this month.
  Tammy Kinser, 714 First St., reported to the Elizabethton Star on Monday that her 15-year-old daughter, Jerricka Britt Hooper, is missing again. Brenda Jester, 130 Volunteer Dr., told the Elizabethton Star that her 16-year-old son Christopher Henson is missing as well. Rachelle McKay, 312 Kendrick Ave., told the Star that her 15-year-old daughter, Jessica Nobriga, is also missing.
  According to police reports, Hooper, Henson and Nobriga disappeared the first time this month on Dec. 9 when they and another juvenile -- whose name was not released by police but was identified as a 14-year-old female in reports -- left Elizabethton High School that morning with a 19-year-old male the report identifies as Gregory Lee Whitson, 208 Parkway Blvd.
  The police report by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mark Roberts stated that he was dispatched to EHS around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 regarding the disappearance of the four juveniles. "When I arrived, I met with Vice Principal Michael Little," states Roberts in his report. "He stated that there were four juveniles that were seen exiting the parking lot of the high school at 7:30 a.m. and departing with a 19-year-old male identified as Gregory Lee Whitson."
  Roberts then spoke with a witness, whose name was not released because of her age, who stated that she saw Hooper, Henson and Nobriga as well as the unidentified 14-year-old female walk through the parking lot, cross Bemberg Road and get into a four-door vehicle driven by Whitson. The witness said that, once the juveniles were inside the vehicle, it drove away from behind Blockbuster Video where it had been parked.
  During the investigation, Roberts spoke with a 16-year-old female juvenile identified as Whitson's girlfriend. The girl reported to police that she has seen the juveniles and Whitson together in the Ingle's parking lot after school and then later in front of her residence inside the city limits.
  "I contacted the parents of the juveniles and they collectively stated that they had not heard nor seen the juveniles since yesterday," Roberts states in his report, which was written on Dec. 9. "Tammy Kinser, the mother of Jerricka Hooper, stated that Jerricka had asked her at 3:30 yesterday if she could go to the mall with the others. She departed with the others and that was the last time she saw her. Later that evening at 6:30 p.m., Jerricka called from Holiday Lanes bowling alley and told her she would be late coming home."
  McKay, the mother of Nobriga, informed Roberts that she had been contacted by the Maryland State Police and was informed that the MSP had all four of the juveniles as well as Whitson in custody following a traffic stop in their jurisdiction.
  "I spoke with Maryland State Trooper Brian Smith and relayed information to the parents, so they could make arrangements to pick up their children," states Roberts in his report. "The parents were advised of their legal rights in the matter concerning the actions of Mr. Whitson."
  On Dec. 15, Roberts once again responded to a call regarding the same juveniles. On the afternoon of that day, Roberts met with Kinser (the mother of Hooper), Jester (the mother of Henson) and McKay (the mother of Nobriga) and was advised that the three juveniles had run away from home again.
  "They were last seen at Elizabethton High School at approximately 7:20 a.m. in the company of the same adult male, Greg Whitson, that they departed with on the previous occasion," states Roberts in his report. "They also departed in the same vehicle, a 2002 Chevy sedan."
  The parents are asking that anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of either Hooper, Henson or Nobriga contact the Elizabethton Police Department at 542-4141 or contact them personally. Kinser can be reached at 542-3961; Jester can be reached at 547-9642; and McKay can be reached at 341-9802.