NC mom missing nearly 2 weeks: ‘Something is wrong,’ grandmother says


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WFMY) — Kristen McNeal has been missing for 12 days and her mom says she’s losing hope.

“To be honest, with each passing day, it’s just not looking good. It’s not,” said Barbara Smith.

Smith believes someone out there knows something about her daughter’s disappearance. Police say the mother of two left her Winston-Salem home and never returned.

Smith says her daughter’s disappearance is bizarre. She always let someone know where she was going, and when she’d get back. 

That’s why Smith fears the worst may have happened.

“She never went out and stayed gone like this. She never did. She’s never done this before,” Smith said. “I know something is wrong. And I know somebody out there knows something. It’s just that they’re not coming forward.”

Police said Kristen McNeal’s car is a white 1989 Oldsmobile, with the front end spray painted black. Police released photos of the car on February 15, just two days before she went missing. 

McNeal is the mother of two sons, ages 12 and 9.

“I don’t understand why anyone would cause her any harm,” Smith said, “I’m not going give up and I’m not the only one that feels that way. We are going to find out what happened to her.”

Smith believes a “drug problem” in the area where they live may have played a role. 

On Tuesday, police searched a two-mile area around her home in a helicopter, looking for her car. 
Her mom hopes police widen their search area and bring out cadaver dogs, during their next search.

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