(CBS Charlotte) — The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that the car belonging to a missing Charlotte woman had been located down an embankment in Wilkes County, and there was a strong odor surrounding the area.
Just before noon, officials also confirmed that a body had been found inside the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Holly Fischer’s family issued a statement to WSOCTV that confirmed “she was not found alive.”
Yesterday, friends of Holly Fischer searched in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, for clues regarding her disappearance.
Fischer, 39, disappeared a week ago, after visiting her parents in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is believed that she was driving back to Charlotte when she unexpectedly headed north, towards the mountains.
Several days ago, officials were able to determine Fischer’s last known location after conducting a cell tower ping of her cell phone. The ping registered near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe County. Officials had previously searched the area, but were unable to locate the missing woman.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte
(This story is still developing. Stay with CBS Charlotte for updates as they become available.)