Missing woman’s remains found in Chesapeake

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jun 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-08 17:15:18-04

Chesapeake, Va. - The remains of missing Virginia Beach woman Brianna Armstrong have been found in Chesapeake, according to Chesapeake Police.

Sunday, May 31st, police were notified about possible animal or human remains that were found in the 4000 block of Douglas Road. A man riding his bike found the remains. Several vultures were circling the area and the man thought the remains were an animal.

The remains were identified as 43-year-old Brianna Armstrong later in the week.

"I'm really freaked out right now. I'm devastated. I feel horrible," said Irene Donnelly, a neighbor.

Armstrong was reported missing from Virginia Beach on May 9th. Her car was later found in a parking lot off of Newtown Road with the keys still in the ignition, along with her purse and shoes inside of it.

A friend who says he last saw Brianna on May 7th didn't report that until May 16th, three days after her car was found.

Investigators are now trying to figure out who killed her and then dumped her body near the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp. There are no streetlights or houses in the stretch of Douglas Road in Chesapeake, where she was found.

Her coworkers at Knuckles and Knots, where Armstrong worked as a massage therapist, say they're in disbelief.

"To even conceive that somebody could do something like that to somebody that was really one of the kindest people that I've ever met is really just unthinkable," said Mark Harris, her boss. "You really can't say enough nice things about her as an employee or as a person."

Her coworkers are planning a vigil in the next few days.


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