CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The death of a woman whose badly decomposed body was found along U.S. 340 earlier in the week is being investigated as a homicide, West Virginia State Police said Thursday.
Although there were no obvious signs of foul play, the body was so decomposed that it is hard to tell the cause of death, said Sgt. David Forman.
The death will be treated as a homicide unless further evidence dictates otherwise, said police.
The body was found last Sunday afternoon on remote farmland near U.S. 340 and Cave Road south of Charles Town. It appeared to be that of a woman in her 20s, state police said.
Forman could not say whether the woman appeared to be clothed when she was found.
Although police have declined to discuss evidence found at the scene, they said facts gathered in the case indicate the woman may have been from Winchester, Va.