Missing North Carolina teenager’s body found in woods


Lauren Maria Jenkins (WTVD)

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — The body of missing a 17-year-old girl who was last seen at a crash scene has been found in the woods, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies told WTVD that Lauren Maria Jenkins was involved in a crash late Friday night at the intersection of Leesville Road and Oneal Road.

Lauren was last seen leaving the scene on foot and had not been seen or heard from by her family since the wreck.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sergeant Condrey said drugs and alcohol are not known to be a factor. Condrey also said speed was not a factor; a yield violation led to the crash.

There was an active search for her at Springdale Estates on Sunday; the Wake County Sheriff confirmed her body was found in the nearby woods. Authorities and volunteers were out in the area and the NCSHP aviation unit assisted with the search.

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