A body found Monday afternoon in a wrecked vehicle south of Kernersville has been confirmed as that of a mother of two who had been missing since Feb. 17.
A Forsyth County sheriff's deputy received a report of a vehicle being found down an embankment submerged in water, Winston-Salem police said. The vehicle, a 1989 Oldsmobile, was in a creek in the 7400 block of Watkins Ford Road near Kernersville.
Kristen "Krissy" McNeal, 30, was the only person in the vehicle, police said. An autopsy on McNeal's body will be conducted by the N.C. Medical Examiner's Office.
McNeal's relatives have been notified of her death, police said.
The N.C. Highway Patrol was called to the scene of the wreck about 3:19 p.m, Trooper Ned Moultie said in a statement. The westbound vehicle ran off the road to the left in a curve, returned to the roadway and ran off the road to the right. The vehicle traveled down an embankment and landed in a stream, where it came to rest partially submerged.
The date and time of the crash haven't not been determined, Moultrie said.
Troopers worked for hours at the scene Monday afternoon and evening. Watkins Ford Road was blocked for the investigation, but the road reopened about 8 p.m. Monday night.
On Sunday, Feb. 17, McNeal told her family she was stepping out for a minute. She never returned, leaving her 8- and 12-year-old sons at the home with their grandfather who also lived at the residence.
Police said earlier that it was unclear where McNeal was headed when she left her home driving a white four-door 1989 Oldsmobile. Investigators said at the time that the circumstances of McNeal's disappearance were suspicious, and friends echoed that it was unlike McNeal to go away for any extended amount of time.
On Jan. 30, two weeks before McNeal went missing, she set up a Go Fund Me page "Widow& 2 Little Boys Needs Help." The page, which had a photo of her two sons, had a $4,300 goal, but no donations were made.
On the page, she wrote about the emotional and financial toll of losing her husband.
"I'm a hard workin mom of two little boys… Now I'm in a situation where I'm gonna lose our home that my husband spent all his life working so hard to get for his family, " McNeal wrote. "I'm behind on payments. And every little bit that you donate, my boys and I would be entirely grateful for."
Courtney Edwards, a friend of McNeal, said briefly Monday night that neither Edwards nor Kennedy Rocha, McNeal's sister, wanted to talk publicly about McNeal.
Anyone with information regarding this case can call Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700, Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800 or its Spanish line at 336 728-3904. Crime Stoppers can be found via "Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem" on Facebook.