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Woman's body found in Berkeley mobile home

August 31, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A woman was found dead in a mobile home off Berkeley Station Road north of Martinsburg after a fire started in the home Wednesday night, a West Virginia State Police spokeswoman said.

The woman, described only as white, was found in a bedroom at the mobile home at 345 Blair St., 1st Sgt. Lisa Lambert said.

State police were considering the woman's death suspicious, but Lambert emphasized that it is typical for such incidents to be labeled as suspicious until investigators learn more.

Authorities received a call about the woman through Jefferson County's 911 center, Lambert said. Lambert said she does not know who called 911.

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Lambert had few details about the fire or the woman and said state police would be releasing details later.

"I'd say it will probably be a good couple of hours before we find out what's going on," Lambert said at the scene shortly after 10 p.m.

A few bystanders gathered outside a yellow police tape surrounding the scene and a woman walked away from the mobile home sobbing.

State troopers, both in uniform and in plain clothes, were gathered outside the mobile home that turns off Hanshew Lane in a housing development.

Lambert said a state police crime scene team was working at the home. The crime scene team collects evidence and takes photographs, she said.

Also working at the scene was a medical examiner and a representative from the state Fire Marshal's office, Lambert said.

Lambert said state police were trying to get consent to search the home Wednesday night.

Lambert said the woman lived in the mobile home, although she did not know whether the woman leased it or owned it.

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