Virginia Woman At Large For 5 Years After Allegedly Fatally Stabbing Her Mom

Alana Renee Cole, 45, remains at large; authorities say she should be considered dangerous.

March 19, 2019
Alana Renee Cole [US Marshals Service]

Photo by: Alana Renee Cole [US Marshals Service]

Alana Renee Cole [US Marshals Service]

By: Michelle Sigona

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, VA — According to the U.S. Marshals, on April 25, 2014, Alana Renee Nicole allegedly attacked and stabbed her mother, 67-year-old Lana Sears, inside the home they shared.

Cole, who is now 45 years old, has been on the run ever since.

Court papers state that Cole’s sister discovered Sears’ body and called 911. Cole was initially named a person of interest, but she has since been identified as the prime suspect.

Cole reportedly spends vast amounts of time on the Internet, and has a history of mental illness.

Talking to local station WTVR, Kristen Sears, Lana’s other daughter and Cole’s sister, said, “[Tipsters] need to come forward as soon as possible, and say something. This is not a person that needs to be protected; she did something extreme, horrible and devastating."

The Marshals service reports that Cole is interested in fishing, so she may have headed out to waterfront areas.


  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Caucasian
  • Current age: 45
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Location of crime: Prince George, VA

If you know anything about this case, please contact our hotline (833-3-PURSUE) or submit a tip online.

For more on this case, watch the “Deadly Daughter” episode of In Pursuit With John Walsh on Wednesday, March 20 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery! Or catch up on ID GO.

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