The body of a woman from Woodbridge, Virginia who has been missing since December 16 has been found. Police and firefighters
recovered the remains of 39-year-old Julie Ann Kroll from a 100-ft ravine behind a row of townhouses near the intersection of Forestdale and Beaumont roads in Dale City, according to a report.
The circumstances surrounding her disappearance were sad and disheartening, to say the least. Apparently, Kroll was intoxicated on the afternoon of December 16 and drove her SUV with her 8-year-old daughter. Investigators believe that she received a call on a mobile phone to stop her SUV and let the child out of the vehicle.
Kroll eventually did stop the SUV as a neighbor shared how he witnessed a little girl get out of the vehicle and go to a neighbor's house for help; this was around 5:45 pm on December 16. Kroll herself reportedly got out of the SUV, but even as she did so she left the vehicle in drive. The car then drove off by itself and came to rest in a bush. Kroll was then seen walking down the street and did not return to take her daughter. It was the little girl's father who picked her up in the evening.
Warrants of arrest for Kroll on charges of felony child neglect, driving on a revoked operator's license and driving with an open alcoholic container were issued by the police.
Neighbors pitched in and organized search parties to find Kroll since her disappearance, to no avail.
According to Jim Patricio, Kroll's father, Julie Ann had been struggling with alcoholism
for many years. Court records show that she had had a few alcohol-related incidents, ranging from charges of drunken driving, refusal to undergo breath analyzer testing
from a police officer and driving with a revoked license.