Woman reported missing in Virginia Beach since March last seen on dead-end road in James City County

Multiple authorities are looking for a missing woman, Juliann Crystal Hobbs, who was last seen in James City County in March. (WYDaily/Courtesy JCC PD)
Multiple authorities are looking for a missing woman, Juliann Crystal Hobbs, who was last seen in James City County in March. (Southside Daily/Courtesy JCC PD)

A new tip late last month has prompted James City County Police to make a public request for assistance in finding a woman missing since at least April.

Authorities in both Virginia Beach and James City County are looking for Juliann Crystal Hobbs, 38, who was last seen around 1:30 p.m. March 11 when she was dropped off by an acquaintance at the end of Sycamore Landing Road.

James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said Hobbs suffers from a cognitive condition that poses a credible threat to her health and safety.

Williams said Hobbs was not dropped off at a residence on Sycamore Landing Road, just at the end of the street.

The road runs along the York River above York River State Park and is surrounded by woods, creeks and marsh, according to a satellite view on Google Maps.

Additional information about the relationship of the “acquaintance” to Hobbs was not immediately available.

Williams said the family then notified James City County Police that Hobbs was last seen March 11 on Sycamore Landing Road. 

The “acquaintance” that dropped Hobbs off called her family in late July to tell them he dropped her off. The family then sent the tip to county police, who worked to confirm various details of the case with Virginia Beach Police.

On Tuesday, James City County Police confirmed Hobbs was dropped off in the county.

“It’s been challenging to — with multiple acquaintances and the family being far away — to put all the pieces together,” Williams said.

Virginia Beach Police originally received a missing persons report for Hobbs in April. At that time, Williams said Hobbs’ medical conditions were not disclosed, meaning her case didn’t meet the criteria to be entered into the National Crime Information Center and Virginia Criminal Information Network systems. 

“It’s your right as an adult to disappear — that’s your choice,” Williams said. “If I want to disappear tomorrow, typically unless there are certain circumstances met … then they’re not able to be entered into the NCIC VCIN.”

Those circumstances include the missing person having a disability, being endangered, being taken involuntarily, or going missing after a catastrophe.

Hobbs is about 5-foot-8 and 135 pounds. She is not considered a danger to others.

Those with information on Hobbs’ disappearance or her whereabouts should contact James City County Police at 757-566-0112 or the Virginia Beach Police Department at 757-873-1554.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.