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Loved ones worried body found is 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert

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LYNCHBURG, VA (WWBT) -

The Medical Examiner could announce Thursday if a body found in a wooded area in Lynchburg is that of missing teen, Jamisha Gilbert.

Search crews spent Wednesday combing the area near where Gilbert's wrecked car was found on Concord Turnpike.

The 18-year-old has been missing since Friday and the only thing police are confirming is that the body is of a deceased black female.

"She was nice, you know she was never in any trouble, all she wanted to do was help others, and she was about getting herself together, going to school, and starting her own life," said friend and neighbor, Briana Smith.

Everything changed when Gilbert's car was found Friday, wrecked near Route 460 and Gilbert was nowhere to be found.

"I can't believe it. I didn't want to believe it at first," said friend and neighbor Diamond Blake.

Five days later, search crews suddenly seal off a wooded area and hours later confirmed the discovery of the body.

"My gut reaction was, it was her, that they finally found her," said Smith.

Police haven't said the body belongs to Gilbert, but that's who they were looking for and even set up a special tip hotline for, which has since been shut down.

"It was really scary, to think that it was somebody close, she lived right next door to me, she used to be here all the time... it's just sad, it's crazy, unbelievable," said Smith.

Loved ones will have to wait for an official identification, Until then, her friends say all they can do is pray and keep Gilbert's family in their thoughts.

"They were good neighbors. We were close, Jamisha was over here all the time, so she was like another sister to me and her, And my sister right here, they were best friends. They were together every day," said Smith.

Police are still calling this a suspicious death investigation and they'll be back out to the scene Thursday looking for more clues.

About 30 minutes away from Lynchburg is where 17-year-old Alexis Murphy was last seen in Lovingston.

Murphy's great aunt, Trina Murphy said the family is praying for the Gilbert family and plans on reaching out to them soon.

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