Missing Rowan teen located in Charlotte, Statesville man arrested


Pictured above: Lauren Haynes and Jake Kelly – Picture courtesy of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office


UPDATE: 9:20PM, 12-21-18

Victim Lauren Haynes and suspect Jake Robert Kelly were taken into custody earlier this evening at a location in Charlotte, NC. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives will transport both Lauren Haynes, and the suspect back to Rowan County to continue the investigation process into this case, to include interviews. Lauren Haynes is safely in the custody of law enforcement, and is in good condition.

Once the investigative process has been completed at some point later tonight, the suspect will be processed and placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under the eventual charges that will be made, once interviews have been completed.

Additional arrest details will be released at some time after 10:00am, on 12-22-18. There will no further releases regarding this case until then.


On Thursday, December 20, 2018, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a missing person report from Melbourne Drive, in China Grove, NC. The parents of 14 year old Lauren Haynes discovered her missing from their home at about 3AM. After efforts to locate their daughter failed, the parents reported the girl missing. Lauren is a student at South Rowan, but has not shown up for school.

Anyone with information about Lauren Haynes location is asked to contact Lt. C. Moose (704) 216-8687, SSG Rodney Mahaley (704) 216- 8711, or Detective Ryan Barkley (704) 216-8739.

UPDATE: 12-21-18

Rowan County Sheriff’s Detectives were able to determine that Haynes left her home, and met with a suspect that has been identified as Jake Robert Kelly, 28 years of age. Kelly is a resident of Statesville, NC. Haynes and Kelly traveled to Statesville together from China Grove. After the suspect was identified, RCSO Sheriff’s CID Detectives traveled to Statesville, and other locations in Iredell County searching for Lauren and the suspect. RCSO Sheriff’s Detectives were joined by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office investigators, but were unable to locate Haynes or the suspect.

Felony arrest warrants have been obtained for 28 year old Jake Robert Kelly related to this case. Kelly is thought to be operating a Black 1996 Honda Civic (BEV-4715) and is possibly still in the Statesville.

Anyone with information on this case are asked to contact Lt. Chad Moose (704) 216-8687, Detective Ryan Barkley (704) 216-8739 or Crime Stoppers 1-866-639-5245.

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