Police identify woman found dead in W.Va.

August 02, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A badly decomposed body discovered in a field south of Charles Town July 25 has been identified as that of a Winchester, Va., woman, police said.

Dental records were used to identify the woman as Kimberly Dawn Alexander, 32, of 200 N. Cameron St. in Winchester, according to West Virginia State Police.

The West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office in Morgantown, W.Va., is trying to determine the cause of death and the case will being treated as a homicide unless autopsy results indicate otherwise, state police Sgt. S.E. Paugh said.

The advanced state of decomposition of the body has hampered efforts to determine both how and when the woman died, Paugh said.


Alexander, who was married and worked at a Wendy's restaurant in Winchester, was reported missing to the Winchester Police Department on June 12, Paugh said.

"The big thing now is what happened to her and how did she get here," Paugh said.

A Jefferson County, W.Va., man found Alexander's body around 2:30 p.m. on July 25 on a remote section of farmland near U.S. 340 and Cave Road south of Charles Town.

Winchester is about a 30-minute drive from the area where Alexander's body was found, Paugh said.

No identification was found with the woman, but evidence found at the scene gave police an early indication that the body was that of Alexander, Paugh said.

Police have refused to comment on the evidence found with the body or if the body was clothed.

The medical examiner's office had not released final autopsy results by Monday and was trying to determine an approximate time of death, police said.

Because Alexander disappeared from Virginia and was found dead in West Virginia, five police agencies are working to figure out what happened.

The circumstances surrounding Alexander's death are being investigated by the FBI, the West Virginia State Police, the Winchester Police, the Virginia State Police and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Paugh said.

Alexander worked at a Wendy's restaurant on Berryville Avenue in Winchester, according to a spokeswoman for the management firm that owns the restaurant franschise.

The firm had no comment on Alexander's death, Garrett Kosin Management spokeswoman Judi Hall said.

"We do not want to compromise the integrity of the police investigation," Hall said.

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