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Woman's body found off U.S. 340 in W.Va.

July 25, 1999

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A young woman's badly decomposed body was found Sunday afternoon in a clearing in Jefferson County, according to West Virginia State Police.

A Jefferson County man discovered the body around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on a remote patch of farmland near U.S. 340 and Cave Road, Senior Trooper R.T. Shockey said.

The body appears to be that of a white woman in her 20s, Shockey said.

Foul play is not suspected in the woman's death, Shockey said, declining to elaborate.

Evidence found near the body has resulted in a lead on the woman's identity and police were still checking that information Sunday night, Shockey said.

"We do have some leads that we are following," Shockey said.

Shockey would not comment on what evidence was found with the body.

State Police suspect the woman is probably from Maryland, Virginia or a part of West Virginia outside the Eastern Panhandle, Shockey said.

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Investigators are checking with other police agencies and looking over missing persons reports for possible leads on the woman's identity, he said.

The woman's body will be taken this morning to Morgantown, W.Va., where an autopsy will be performed sometime this week to determine the cause of death, Shockey said.

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