Human Remains Found In Search For Missing Teen Anjelica 'AJ' Hadsell

04/10/2015 12:59 pm ET

Authorities have uncovered human remains during their search for a missing Virginia teen.

Norfolk Police said the remains were found near a shed in the backyard of a home on Smiths Ferry Road in Southampton County early Thursday, WAVY reports.

Authorities visited the home on a tip as part of their investigation, but they did not say the remains were definitely those of 18-year-old Anjelica 'AJ' Hadsell.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will run tests to identify the remains.

The college student was home for spring break when she disappeared from her house in the Tarrallton area of Norfolk on March 2, according to WTKR.

"On behalf of the Hadsell family, we would like to first thank the Norfolk Police Department, search and rescue, and all involved parties, businesses, individuals and media who have helped with the search for Anjelica Hadsell," the teen's mom, Jennifer, said in a statement released to the media. "It has not been confirmed with the coroners office that [the remains are] in fact AJ. We ask that the media and public continue to respect the family in this time of adversity. Your thoughts and prayers for the Hadsell family are needed and appreciated.”

Previously, Jennifer Hadsell yelled at the media to "please respect my family," when cameras showed up at her house, as seen in the clip below.

In late March, Hadsell's father Wesley was arrested after he allegedly broke into the home of a person he believes kidnapped his daughter. Police did not release the name of the owners of the residence and have kept details of the case under wraps.

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