CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Chesapeake police confirmed Thursday remains were found of a woman missing since May.
Police said they received a call around 11 a.m. May 31 about possible animal or human remains near the 4000 Block of Douglas Road in Chesapeake. With the assistance of the medical examiner’s office, the remains were identified as 43-year-old Brianna Armstrong.
Armstrong was reported missing from Virginia Beach May 9. She was last seen around 7:30 p.m. May 7 on Mark Street, in the Providence Terrace neighborhood of Chesapeake. Police say Armstrong told someone she was going to go to Virginia Beach, but never made it to her destination.
On May 13, Virginia Beach police found Armstrong’s car abandoned in a retail parking lot in the 500 block of Newtown Road, near Baker Road. When the car was found, the keys were in the ignition, the doors were unlocked and Armstrong’s wallet and shoes were recovered. Chesapeake police say the vehicle remains in their impound lot, where it will be searched and vetted, as part of their investigation.
The cause and manner of death have not yet been determined, but investigators have reclassified Armstrong’s case from a missing person to homicide.
10 On Your Side learned Armstrong and her husband, Corey Creek, had been married four years. She was a registered nurse and worked as a massage therapist at Knuckles ‘N’ Knots in Chesapeake.
On Thursday, friends of Armstrong reacted to the news of her death.
“It’s definitely devastating to know that somebody would intentionally try and hurt her or put her in harm’s way,” Lily Kunda said. “She was such a kind person, and I just cant imagine why somebody would want to hurt her.”
Knuckles ‘N’ Knots Regional Manager Mark Harris told wavy.com Armstrong started working there in October 2014. She responded to text messages the night of May 7, but never showed up to work the next day. Her first massage appointment was scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on May 8.
“That was completely out of her character,” Kunda said. “We were worried [about] why she didn’t show up to work and then we realized she was missing.”
People who live on Baldwin Street, Armstrong and Creek shared a home, were shocked by Thursday’s news.
“It’s horrible. It’s horrifying. I’m devastated and horrified,” Irene Donnelly said. “You don’t usually hear about stuff like that happening right in this neighborhood.”
Donnelly said she knew Creek very well and would often talk to him and his wife. “I feel really bad for him right now, unbelievable,” she said.
Cliff and Terri Creek, Armstrong’s mother and father in-law, told 10 On Your Side, “We hope police can find the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice.”
They said this is a form of closure, but not what they wanted.
Officer Ravi Sheth told WAVY.com Chesapeake police have not made any arrests and don’t have any warrants on file for a suspect. This is a multi-jurisdictional investigation, involving both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach police, however more cities may become involved.
The investigation continues.
Anyone with information about Armstrong’s disappearance or the remains found is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.