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Police in Va. find dead woman's car

August 05, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A car belonging to a Winchester woman whose body was found near Charles Town has been found in a parking lot in Berryville, Va., state police said Wednesday.

Virginia State Police found Kimberly Dawn Alexander's car Tuesday evening, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. S.E. Paugh.

Police referred questions to the Winchester Police Department, which is assisting West Virginia State Police in the investigation of Alexander's death.

Winchester Police investigators did not return phone calls.

Alexander's badly decomposed body was found July 25 in a field along U.S. 340 near Cave Road.

It has not been determined how Alexander, 32, of 200 N. Cameron St., died, state police said. The case is being treated as a homicide unless autopsy results indicate otherwise.

Because of the advanced state of decomposition of Alexander's body, the state Medical Examiner's office is relying on more sophisticated procedures to determine the cause of death, Paugh said.

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

Company officials with Wendy's have declined to comment on the case or say how long Alexander worked at the Berryville Avenue restaurant.

Company officials do not want to comment for fear of jeopardizing the police investigation, said Judi Hall, spokeswoman for Garrett Kosin Management, franchisee for the restaurant.

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