Lauren Jenkins, a 17-year-old girl, was found dead in the woods in North Carolina two days after being involved in a car crash. Jenkins’ car collided with another vehicle in Raleigh and she was last seen limping away from the scene of the accident on Friday, March 17.
But it was not until Sunday, March 19, that her body was found by tracker dogs in the nearby Springdale Estates.
Lauren Maria Jenkins was reported missing after she was involved in a car accident at the intersection of Leesville Road and O’Neal Road. Authorities said Jenkins failed to yield as she attempted to make a left turn and pulled out in front of another car.
Jenkins was last seen leaving the scene on foot, and her family had not heard from her after the incident.
On Sunday, officials found her body in a wooded area near Wood Lawn Drive and the Springdale Estates neighborhood.
Jenkins was a student at Leesville Road High School. Lisa Luten, a spokeswoman for Wake County schools, said counselors will be available for students Monday.
Jenkins’ body was transported to the medical examiner’s office to determine her cause of death while the incident is under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Wake County Sheriff’s Office at 919-856-6911.
According to WRAL, friends of Jenkins said that they knew something was wrong when she couldn’t be located, but they thought she would be found alive.
“I honestly thought that she was in a friend’s house kind of thing and she just needed like a couple days maybe just to calm down,” said friend Savannah Beale. “But then I was like she’s really close with her brother so something is really up if she hasn’t told her brother what’s going on. So, I knew something bad happened.”
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Lauren Jenkins, a 17-year-old girl, was found dead in the woods in North Carolina two days after being involved in a nearly-fatal car crash. Jenkins’ car collided with another vehicle in Raleigh and she was last seen limping away from the scene of the accident on Friday, March 17. Her body was found in nearby woods on Sunday, March 19.
Who Was Lauren Jenkins?
Lauren Jenkins was a 17-year-old North Carolina teenager who attended Leesville Road High School.