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Missing woman's vehicle found in Raleigh

Posted July 18, 2008
Updated July 19, 2008

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— Human remains and a missing Johnston County woman’s vehicle were found near a Raleigh daycare Friday, Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

A silver Jeep Liberty registered to Kelli Woolard, 31, was found in the parking lot of the Growing Child daycare at 321 Spring Forest Road around 1:40 p.m. A short time later, officers located human remains in a wooded area near the vehicle, Sughrue said.

Woolard, a nurse at Duke Raleigh Hospital, was last seen driving the vehicle on July 11 and remains missing.

Relatives told WRAL News that the remains could be those of Woolard based on what investigators told the family.

"They say the keys to Kelli's car were found in the pocket of the body farther down in wooded area," Woolard's brother, Cliff Frazier, said.

The human remains were being transported to the state medical examiner's office for identification and autopsy. Relatives said investigators have asked for Wollard's dental records to help make a positive ID.

Frazier said Woolard had experienced issues in the past, but her family thought those troubles were behind. Her relatives are wondering if there is anything they could have done to help her.

Family members, including Woolard's husband of two years and their 9-year-old stepson, have gathered to comfort each other.

Frazier said he remembers his sister as loving, kind and giving woman.

"Kelli was one of the few people that really enjoyed helping people," Frazier said. "Part of what made her happy in life was knowing she was enriching the lives of others and that she was helping them."


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  • liesl Jul 21, 2008

    Why have we not heard a peep about this story??? This woman was found dead at a growing child in Raleigh, NC....Where are the autopsy results??? from what I heard this woman was found dead under a garbage bag...how could that be a suicide? Can we do some investigating on this WRAL, or is this just a 31 year old depressed woman that the world cares nothing about...I'm concerned as a woman with my safety around here...

  • cttxnc Jul 21, 2008

    Why is this story still not on the front page along with the Cooper story or the Army nurse's story?

  • FE Jul 18, 2008

    "Why can't someone close to the victim take a look at the body to determine if the victim is the person in question?" - mathforall

    Aside from being an extremely traumatic experience for the victim's family member(s), a body that has been exposed to the elements (heat/animals/water) can be very difficult to visually ID. Very specific clothing/jewelry, or body markings may help, but frequently only dental x-rays can be conclusive.

    For any number of reasons, a grieving family member does NOT want to go through that experience!

  • Citizen7265 Jul 18, 2008

    God Bless her as well as her family. What a shame WRAL has not placed the same emphasis on reporting this case as they have the Nancy Cooper case.

  • KittyKat14 Jul 18, 2008

    SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Blue steel Jul 18, 2008

    Let's hope this case turns out for the best. My prayers are with the family and with Kelli.

  • wcnc Jul 18, 2008

    mathforall- Ever consider that the body has decomposed enough so that a visual id isn't enough?? I wouldn't want to put a family through something like that if the body wasn't easily recognizable...

  • nandud Jul 18, 2008

    No more women are coming up missing or dead than they were 30 years ago. It's just now that the news media are broadcasting every little thing and putting everything on the front page. Used to be you waited to read about it in the daily or weekly paper, not every hour on the Internet. Now it seems to be an everyday occurrence. Also, our news area has grown to encompass every part of the state, not just our little corner called Raleigh.

    Prayers for all who have lost loved ones.

  • blueice Jul 18, 2008

    I have known Kelli since grade school. This isn't like her to just up and leave without telling her love ones what is going on. I hope that she is OK. Please everyone keep her family in your prayers. I am still in disbelief about all this. I just pray that it isnt her they found

  • finesse187 Jul 18, 2008

    Why have there been so many women losing their lives lately? It's really, really scary. My prayers go out to the families of all the women who have been found lately and I certainly hope that the individual(s) are brought to justice so thee families can have some peace of mind!!!!