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UPDATE: Memorial outside the restaurant of missing business owner grows

Car found near Chinatown registered to owner
Posted at 4:56 AM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 08:55:56-04

UPDATE 2 P.M. AUG. 29: There is a growing memorial outside TC's World Famous Rib Crib.

Loved ones and customers have been dropping off candles and flowers all Thursday. The restaurant's doors remain locked while the investigation into owner Sharon Harrell's disappearance continues.

Friends like Kimberly Bailey Tureaud say Harrell is well loved. She is known for her generosity. "My mother wanted some soul food and she said, 'Okay Kim.' So she packed it all up and she brought I to my mom's house."

Harrell always gives back to the community.

She's supported Kimberly Bailey Tureaud and her husband Charles Tureaud's Las Vegas Black Image Magazine for years. Charles Tureaud says, "When I first met with her I was greeted with a big warm hug and it felt like I was hugging my mother. She was just all love."

Harrell supported the group "No racism in schools 1865."

Some customers say she is an angel to them.

That's why it's not surprising to see this memorial outside her restaurant grow by the hour.

Kevin Scott Pollock calls Harrell an angel. "She helps people. She helped homeless people out that came by here hungry sometimes."

For those who love Harrell, there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Police found her car Wednesday night near Valley View and Twain with a body inside, but that person still has not been identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

"I just want to wish her family and everybody all of our support because she supported everybody," says Kimberly Bailey Tureaud.

UPDATE 10 A.M. AUG. 29: Police say that the car with a body inside that was found in Chinatown on Wednesday night is registered to the missing restaurant owner Sharon Harrell. The coroner has not officially confirmed the identity of the woman.

UPDATE 6 A.M. AUG. 29: Police say they found a body on Wednesday night in Chinatown. The body was found in the 4000 block of W. Twain Ave. Friends are saying online that it is the body of 53-year-old Sharon Harrell and there is a small memorial for the missing woman outside of her restaurant near Durango Drive and Twain Avenue.

13 Action News has not confirmed that the body found is the missing woman.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police are asking for the public's assistance in locating the owner of a popular BBQ joint in Las Vegas.

53-year-old Sharon Harrell was reportedly last seen on Aug. 23 in the area of Durango and Oakey Boulevard, which is in the same general area as TC's Rib Crib.

Police do not believe she is in danger at this time, but they want to locate her. She is described as 5-feet 5-inches tall and 122 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding Sharon Harrell’s whereabouts is strongly encouraged to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at (702) 828-3111 or the Missing Persons Detail during business hours at (702) 828-2907.

Her family and friends have also been spreading the information about her disappearance on social media.