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Woman sought by Pr. William police found dead

The Prince William County woman who crashed her car into a tree and left an open container of alcohol and her 8-year-old daughter behind as she fled the scene was found dead Tuesday afternoon, county police said.

Julie Ann Kroll, 39, of Woodbridge, was found dead just before noon in a wooded area near a creek just off the intersection of Fontaine Court and Beaumont Road in Dale City. Kroll was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 16 in the 3300 block of Beaumont Road and had not been seen since, authorities said.

Police said they do not believe Kroll was killed or killed herself, but they would not say how they think she died. Her body has been sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

Julie Ann Kroll
Julie Ann Kroll. (Prince William County Police.)

Kroll left her daughter at the scene of the crash, according to police, who said the girl is now being cared for by grandparents.

Police had obtained arrest warrants charging Kroll with felony child neglect, driving on a revoked operator’s license and driving with an open alcoholic container, authorities said.

Witnesses reported seeing Kroll driving recklessly, police said, and officers found an open alcohol container in the car.

The girl told police she was trying to get out of the moving car because her mother was driving drunk, authorities said.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 29, 2009; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. William  | Tags: Julie Ann Kroll; 8-year-old daughter; left behind; felony child neglect  
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Another drunk, driving in Virginia. What else is news? How anyone could be so irresponsible, and to leave their own child behind, is beyond me, but when she's caught, she'll get probation and a suspended sentence like all of the other "housewives" in Virginia do.

Typical sentence for the demographic.

Posted by: TheChampishere | December 29, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Minimum 5 days in VA if there is a passenger in the car under 18. Still not enough, but she will face additional charges.

Posted by: stilldoin | December 29, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Whenever you drink and get drunk you make irresponsible decisions and driving is one of them. Sad to say but sometimes you have to hurt maim or kill somebody before you get help. intervention and forced AAA meetings and rehabs only work if you work it and make the decision to change yourself. This woman might have to kill somebody with her car before she realizes what she has done and makes an effort to stop getting drunk. I was a drunk driver and I thank God I hurt no one but myself. Seeking help when needed and following up on it is a decision only the drunk can make. I pray she gets the help she needs before she kills someone and has to live with that on her conscience. My prayers are with her , her daughter and family.

Posted by: peace4all2 | December 29, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Too late now.

That poor kid.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 29, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the women rep123? How heartless of the rest of you- maybe she went to puck or pee? How do you miss someone that close?- or did they bring her back? Did she fall? break an ankle- you live and work with thousands of recovered/alcohol/drug abusers everyday and many lives depend and enjoy these same people-A sorry day for sure for her -not her first but her last! -How about dear granddad and grandma popping there meds for pain and boredom- the Dr who takes a snort to put up with his clients and calm his nerves - the cop who shoots one here and there- lots of people have dependency problems they can be saved first you can't leave them in a ditch- child probably her whole world- was she fed? clothed? passing school? starving? Beaten? Snap out of it ! Shame she didn't have someone to drive her how many hundrends of thousands of wives have done this for husbands? Abandoned? Can't type what I'm thinking. I agree just not enough hush money or famous enough to tolerate. Educate all people earlier and continuosly then you'll see results and + reduce stress.

Posted by: sjlooknow | December 29, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Typical people immediately bashing a drunk or driver who's been drinking, when there's no evidence that was the case here. This wasn't a case where a driver 'crashed', she got out of the car to go after her daughter when her daughter got out of the car, forgetting to put it in park. It rolled forward and hit a tree, she got in, backed it up and parked it in a driveway, and continued to pursue her daughter. The car wasn't moving when her daughter got out, again an attempt by journalists to dramatize a situation, or cover for PWC police, who obviously used less than 50 points on an IQ scale on this case. Amazing how ready people are to immediately throw stones without knowing all the facts. Pitiful.

Posted by: hwystr | December 30, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

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