Body found in Forsyth County identified as missing Greensboro woman

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Cree Asia Smith

GREENSBORO, N.C. — An autopsy performed last week by the State Medical Examiner’s Office and dental records have confirmed that the body of woman found in Forsyth County off U.S. 421 on Oct. 13 is Cree Asia Smith, who was reported missing on July 12, according to a news release from Greensboro police.

Smith’s boyfriend, Desmond Laquan Pendergrass, 25, was charged with her murder on Sept. 1 after Greensboro Police Department detectives established sufficient evidence through interviews and forensics to charge Pendergrass with the crime.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Winston-Salem Police Department Forensic Services Division assisted with the investigation.

According to witnesses, Smith was last seen around June 16 at 2C Huntley Court, where she and Pendergrass resided at the time.

Detectives learned that the couple was involved in a domestic dispute immediately before she went missing. Because her disappearance was under suspicious circumstances, Crime Stoppers issued a missing person alert for Smith on July 15.

Pendergrass is confined in the Greensboro Jail Central without bond.

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