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Friends, family rally in Cody to seek justice for Emma Compton Layne

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Shawna Compton Krohn, right, Emma Compton Layne’s sister, is joined by Kay Francis at Saturday’s rally at Cody Store. Krohn, a former county resident, traveled from her home in Mississippi to join family members for the event. (Contributed photo by Akeya Logan) / March 25, 2019

A small crowd of family and friends gathered at Cody Store on Saturday to keep alive the quest for justice in the death of Emma Compton Layne, who disappeared in June 2017 in an unsolved homicide.

The rally brought together the deceased woman’s family, customers of Cody Store, which Layne owned, and friends in the northern Halifax community. They remembered Layne as fun-loving, happy and easy to like and strike up a conversation with.

Months after Layne’s disappearance, her remains were found by hunters in November 2017 in the woods nearby her home. People who came out Saturday held up signs and spoke on the need to continue the search for clues in her death. Their efforts have gotten a boost from the Aware Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing attention to missing persons cases in the U.S.

Anyone with information on the disappearance and death of Emma Compton Layne is encouraged to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-3339.

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