HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Where is Alyssa?
That’s the question Alyssa Nicole Taylor’s family and law enforcement are asking two weeks after the truck driver she was last traveling with died in a fire crash on Interstate 85 in Orange County, North Carolina.
Taylor, 25, of Accomack County, Va., was last heard from in a Sept. 13 text to her mother, sent at 11:15 p.m., according to the News & Observer.
In the post, mother-of-two Taylor said she was “riding with Danny in a semi for two days.”
The ‘Danny’ she was referring to was Daniel Eugene McNeal, 51, of Exmore, Va., who died in the early hours of September 15 – just hours after Taylor’s last message – when his tractor-trailer went off the road and hit a guardrail. before hitting a road sign and a bridge abutment, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The Mack truck, which was carrying pieces of chicken, then overturned and came to rest on its right shoulder.
McNeal’s dog Blu was also killed in the wreckage.
The crash halted the overpass and traffic on I-85 South for several hours as crews cleared wreckage and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials assessed the damage.
Taylor’s family believe she also died in the accident, but despite “extensive efforts” by highway patrol, the only bodies found were that of McNeal and his dog, according to WRAL. Taylor was reported missing at the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office on September 20.
The last time anyone spoke to McNeal was at 1:17 a.m. on September 14. This call ended at 1:30 a.m., about 40 minutes before the truck crashed.
Law enforcement is also investigating whether Taylor’s cell phone last rang a cell tower near Henderson.
A burnt and ash-encrusted pink blanket with teddy bears was found in the wreckage. Taylor’s family identified it as their own, saying she never went anywhere without the blanket.
In one video, Krista Taylor issued a brief tearful plea for information about her daughter, so the family could figure it out and “arrange a funeral for my baby.”
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