Teen found dead in woods after car wreck wasn’t alone

A sheriff’s spokesperson would not confirm if foul play is suspected

Investigators have revealed more details about the mysterious death of a North Carolina teen who vanished after a car accident late Friday night and was found dead in a nearby wooded area on Sunday.

Lauren Maria Jenkins was discovered dead on Sunday after authorities and volunteers banded together to find the 17-year-old high school student. The medical examiner has not yet determined a cause of death, but investigators have shared new information involving the crash, according to The News & Observer. 

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While Jenkins is believed to have been driving the car, she was not alone. Two passengers were reportedly in the car with her: A 17-year-old girl in the front passenger seat, and a 19-year-old male in the back. The girl also reportedly fled the scene and sustained minor injuries. The male passenger reportedly suffered broken ribs.

Neither of the other passengers have been identified.

Additionally, an unknown quantity of alcohol was reportedly found in the car. Over the weekend, investigators reportedly said they did not believe alcohol was a factor, and The News & Observer now reports that investigators have not yet determined if alcohol played a role.

According to the newspaper, a Wake County Sheriff spokesperson would not confirm one way if the sheriff’s department suspects foul play.


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