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Body discovered at I-95 and Raleigh Road Parkway

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Police say a body has been discovered in the area where a 21-year-old woman went missing Wednesday after she was involved in a wreck on Raleigh Road Parkway at Interstate 95.

Police were dispatched to the area Thursday shortly before 10 a.m. after an unidentified body had been located, officials said. When officers arrived they found a body on the northbound side of I-95 north of the crash scene and outside the roadway, according to police.

Officers set up a perimeter, and I-95 on the northbound side was shut down.

“The Wilson Police Department is actively working on identifying the body,” said Sgt. Steve Stroud. “I-95 is back open at this time.”

The Wilson Times met family and friends of the missing woman, Jocelyn Hernandez, Thursday morning shortly before 10 a.m. as they were preparing to search the area.

When the Wilson Times arrived, Hernandez’s brother, Jesus Hernandez, was behind a guardrail on the opposite side of the roadway where the wreck occurred.

When he emerged, he broke down in tears along with other family and friends. A police officer arrived immediately afterward, followed by additional personnel.

WEDNESDAY’S SEARCH AND WRECK

Shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, police were dispatched to the area of Raleigh Road Parkway and I-95 after a Wilson County Sheriff’s deputy located a single vehicle crash with no one inside, according to officials.

Police searched for Jocelyn Hernandez, who was identified as the operator of the vehicle, police said.

An organized search was conducted, Stroud said.

Police used the Detective Division, Special Response Team, Victim Assistance Unit, departmental drone and social media notification of the search.

“Members of the Wilson Police Department searched the accident area, surrounding areas, and inside the city,” Stroud said. “As result of the investigation of the accident, it was discovered that Hernandez was making suicidal statements to friends and family prior to the accident.”

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