Missing NC mom presumed dead, boyfriend charged with murder, police say

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) — Greensboro police arrested a High Point man Thursday and charged him with first degree murder in connection with the disappearance of his missing 26-year-old girlfriend.

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Police arrested 25-year-old Desmond Laquan Pendergrass at his home in High Point Thursday morning. Police charged him with the murder of Cree Asia Smith, who was reported missing by family members on July 12.

According to witnesses, Smith was last seen on June 16, 2016 at 2C Huntley Court in Greensboro where she and Pendergrass lived at the time.

Detectives learned that the couple was involved in a domestic dispute immediately before she went missing.

Because Smith’s disappearance was under suspicious circumstances, Crime Stoppers issued a Missing Person alert for Smith on July 15.

Smith’s body has not yet been found.

However, detectives established sufficient evidence through interviews and forensics to charge Pendergrass with her murder.

Police are continuing to investigate, and hope to find her remains in order to bring some closure to her friends and family.

Pendergrass is in the Greensboro Jail Central without bond.

If you know where Smith is, call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.

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