UPDATE: Cody Store employees plea for missing owner to come home, investigation continues

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State police, the sheriff's office and other agencies are working together to find Emma Layne, who has been missing since Saturday.

Investigators say a dive team checked out two ponds at Layne's residence Thursday, but did not find anything.

Investigators also reviewed security footage from the Cody Store, which Layne owns.

That's the last place she was seen Saturday before she was reported missing by her sister.

Her employees at the Cody Store say they're trying to keep it running until she comes home.

"Emma, please come home. We miss you. I miss our phone calls, our talks we have, just come home. Come home," says employee, Melinda Dawson.

"Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, call us and let us know you're okay," says another employee, Brenda Poindexter.

Poindexter has worked with Layne for the last two years since Layne bought the store.

Both employees say she is a very sweet person. They say they talk to her about everything.

"So if anything is going on, just call me and talk to me and let me know that you're okay because I love you and I miss you and I want you back here at your business, running this business like we did before," says Poindexter.

They say customers love Layne and they've had several coming in checking on them the last few days.

They want Layne to know if she's scared, that she can trust them.

"Everything will be okay in the end. Pray on everything that's happened in your life, put God first in your life and everything's gonna be alright. I know that. I know that's true. So just bring her home," says Poindexter.

Officials say from what they can tell, most of Layne's belongings are at her home, including her car and cell phone.

Her sister told us Wednesday that leads her to believe, she will be back.

The sheriff has told us investigators don't suspect foul play.

They ask anyone with information to call them.


The Halifax County Sheriff's Office is asking for everyone's help in finding a missing woman.

Deputies say Emma Compton Layne was last seen at the Cody Store, which she owns.

Family and friends tell us that Emma is a very loving and kind person.
They are all very concerned about her because they say it's unlike her to disappear.

"I don't think that she would intentionally just be gone like this. I don't believe that. I really think that something has happened to her," says Layne's sister, Wynona Childress.

Layne's sister says she spoke with her Saturday about Sunday plans and no one has heard from her since.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office says they haven't been able to find a trace of her.

"All of her vehicles are here. Her cell phone is here, and what we can tell, a lot of her personal belongings are still here," says Halifax County Sheriff's Office Major Tommy Spencer.

Because of that, the family is trying to remain positive in thinking she didn't leave with no intention of coming back.

"That's what I want to believe. That's what I want to believe. There's just so much evil in the world today that you don't, you don't know," says Childress.

The family just wants to know if she's safe.

"We just want her home safely. If she's having some kind of break down, we'll get her the help that she needs, but we just want to know where she is and that she's okay," says Childress.

The sheriff's office has been at Layne's home since Tuesday looking for anything that may lead them to her.

They have K9's and ground crews searching the area.

They ask that anyone with any sort of information, even the smallest tip, to call them so they can find her.


Police are looking for a missing woman in Halifax County.

They say Emma Compton Layne, from Nathalie, was last seen Saturday night at the Cody store.

Deputies say she is about 5 feet tall and has visible scars on her arms.

If you have any information please call the Halifax county police.

Courtesy of Wynona Childress
Courtesy of Wynona Childress