Missing teen's body found in woods

Lauren Maria Jenkins

Lauren Maria Jenkins

On Sunday, officials found her body in a wooded area several blocks away from the crash site. Gray said Brown told him Jenkins appeared to be injured as she walked and then ran off after the crash.

Officials say her body was found in a wooded area Sunday near the intersection where the crash happened, which was in north Raleigh.

According to reports, sheriff's deputies and officers were searching the area around 7 a.m. when a member of the K-9 unit picked up the teenager's scent. "I wish she could have been found".

Troopers said Jenkins was turning onto Oneal Street when she failed to yield and collided head-on with another vehicle.

Gray declined to say what kind of alcohol was in the auto - it's still unclear whether alcohol played a role in the crash - but he said Jenkins faced at least a hit-and-run charge, so he went looking for her.

An open and partially consumed bottle of whiskey was found inside the vehicle of a teen who was found dead following a crash late Friday night in Raleigh, the Highway Patrol confirmed.

Kayla Ray, 19, said she met Jenkins about five years ago after a high school football game. We obviously are a big family here at Leesville. Wake County schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said counselors were available for students Monday.

Authorities said that it is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash. He said Jenkins' body will be sent to the state medical examiner to determine the cause of death, and the investigation is ongoing.

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