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Woman found dead in car submerged in Halifax County pond

Posted April 13, 2012 10:36 a.m. EDT
Updated April 13, 2012 6:16 p.m. EDT

— A woman who left her boyfriend's house in Enfield after an argument Tuesday was found dead in a car Thursday, submerged in a Halifax County pond, Rocky Mount police and family members said Friday.

Britinae Rachelle Whitehead, 21, was found dead inside a gold 1994 Honda in a body of water near Adcock Road, police said.

Authorities have not said how she ended up in the water, but Whitehead's family said she had a recent history with seizures and that her doctor recommended she not drive. She still had a driver's license at the time of her death, however.

Whitehead's boyfriend, Kenny Johnson, said the pair had an argument at his house on White Oak Road Tuesday, and she drove away in a friend's car around 9 a.m.

"She didn't speed off, and I figured she'd be alright," Johnson said. "Britinae was upset. That's why she got in that car by herself."

After no one heard from her, family and friends organized a search party and began looking in an area where she might have driven. By Thursday, they found skid marks and a hubcap near a pond, just a few minutes from Johnson's house.

"I just said, 'Lord, give her to me today. I'm tired. I'm stressed out,'" Whitehead's aunt, Jocile Hines, said.

Authorities pulled the car from the water with Whitehead's body still inside.

"I wouldn't wish that on nobody, to have to watch that car come out (of the water)," Hines said. "Britinae, to me, was like a daughter that I never had."

Whitehead graduated Athens Drive High School in 2008 and was studying social work at Edgecombe Community College.