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MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville woman on the run from law enforcement for her role in the death of a Union County woman has been added to the state's Top Ten Most Wanted List.
Laura Leva Mae Blair, 29, failed to report to the Union County Jail after pleading guilty on two charges last month. Blair is wanted by the Union County Sheriff's Office for felony failure to appear.
Blair pled guilty on October 9 to reckless homicide and facilitation of especially aggravated kidnapping. She was out on bond and was supposed to report to jail on November 12, but never showed.
"We had people track the addresses that we know about, and we also know there are other places (she might be) like in the state of Ohio. We had the police up there look for her as well," said Detective Steve Rouse of the Union County Sheriff's Office.
On May 19, 2011, Blair and three other co-defendants kidnapped 45-year-old Lisa Young, shot her in the back and left her body near the intersection of Bull Run Road and Highway 370 in Union County.
Two of those co-defendants, Natisha Davis, 24, and Trina Littlejohn, 29, were added to the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted list in June of 2011 when warrants were taken out for their arrests after the murder. Shortly after, they turned themselves in.
"That was very helpful, putting them on the TBI list," Rouse said. "It got the community talking about who was on the list, and of course the photographs showed who they were."
Rouse hopes the same will happen with Blair. Authorities said Blair has a criminal history dating back to 2001 that includes vandalism, aggravated assault, probation violation, driving on a suspended license and especially aggravated kidnapping, but they do not consider her a danger to the community.
"I don't think she's dangerous," Rouse said. "She's already pled guilty and she's been ordered to serve her time and she'll do so eventually."
Blair is sentenced to 16 years for her role in the death of Young, but she could face additional time for the new felony charge of failure to appear.
Her last know address is in East Knoxville. 6 News stopped by the house where a man who identified himself as Blair's brother said she was not there and he hadn't seen her.
Detective Rouse said they will continue their search for Blair, but are asking for the public's assistance.
She is described as a black female with black hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing approximately 250 pounds.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Laura Leva Mae Blair is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to her arrest.
Blair is currently the only woman on the TBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list.
The full list, along with pictures and descriptions of their crimes, is available on the TBI website.
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