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Teen who fled car accident found dead in woods

The body of a North Carolina 17-year-old girl who walked away from an accident scene was found in a wooded area near the crash site, according to ABC 11.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office told ABC 11 that Lauren Maria Jenkins was involved in an automobile accident Friday night at the intersection of Leesville Road and O’Neal Road in Raleigh. Police had been searching for the girl, who had not been seen alive or heard from since leaving the scene of the accident on foot. 

Authorities and volunteers as well as the North Carolina State Highway Patrol aviation unit conducted a search for her at Springdale Estates on Sunday. The Wake County Sheriff’s office confirmed the body was found the same day, but have not revealed a cause of death.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol told Fox 8 that they do not believe either speeding or drugs and alcohol are a factor in the crash, but rather a yield violation.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.