Virginia cops continue to search for Anjelica Hadsell, 18, a Longwood University freshman who was home for spring break

By Caitlin Keating
Updated March 23, 2015 04:30 PM
Credit: Courtesy Missing in America; Norfolk Sheriff's Office

A missing teenager’s father was arrested – but not for anything involving her disappearance.

Wesley Hadsell, 36, is convinced his daughter, 18-year-old Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell, who has been missing since early March in Norfolk, Virginia, was actually taken, which is why he said he broke into the home of a person he believes abducted her, according to WAVY-TV.

Anjelica was last seen between March 2 and March 3, the Norfolk Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE.

While police continue their search, her father was taken into custody on Saturday after being interrogated by police for more than 15 hours, he told the news outlet.

He was arrested on four charges of obstructing justice, one charge of possessing ammunition after a felony and one charge of breaking and entering.

“I’d do anything for my daughter, my wife, my kids, and they make it sound like I’d do anything to keep myself out of my trouble,” he said. “I couldn’t sit a minute away from where my daughter may have been.”

When he did break into the home, he says he spent about 18 minutes there and found something alarming.

“I found my daughter’s jacket in the couch, rolled up behind the cushion,” he said. “I was just trying to make the evidence come to light. It’s not like I had the jacket. I didn’t plant the jacket, I didn’t know anything about that. It was the fact of the overwhelming information that led me there.”

He admits that he also tore through trash cans, peeled back parts of the carpet and punched the family dog out of anger.

But he also says that he just wants one thing to come out of this.

“I want my daughter home,” he said. “That’s that I want and that’s all that I want. Anybody who wants to say something about that or get in the way of that, then I’m sorry. So what, some ways are unorthodox. I didn’t have anything to do with her disappearance. I don’t know where she’s at.”

He has been appointed a public defense attorney and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 29.

An Ongoing Search

Search and rescue teams have recently been looking for Anjelica near a heavily wooded area off South Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.

Her family and friends tell WAVY-TV that after getting a tip about clothing on the side of the road, they started searching there on Thursday and found at least four items they believe belong to Anjelica.

“We have not ruled out any possibilities, and we are pursuing all leads,” the police wrote in a statement on Monday.

They ask that anyone with information regarding her disappearance call Norfolk Police Detectives at (757) 664-7026 or the Norfolk Crime Line at (888)-LOCK-U-UP.

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