UPDATE: Body found in Dinwiddie off I-85, ruled homicide

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - Dinwiddie County Sheriff's deputies are handling a death investigation after a woman's body was found on the side of a road.

The death has been ruled homicide. She had multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators need help identifying her.

She was wearing what investigators describe as a flight jacket. It was a red, nylon, puffy jacket with "Apple Bottoms" written on the back. She also had two tattoos. A scorpion on her right calf and the initials "ADA" circled with four stars on her right shoulder.

The body was found early this morning on the side of an Interstate 85 off-ramp. The body will be taken to the medical examiner's office in Richmond today.

Dinwiddie investigators are hoping clues from the autopsy will paint a clearer picture of what happened around 4:30 this morning.

In a remote part of Dinwiddie County, squeezed between two tree lines sits the northbound exit for Dewitt Road. Around 4:30 a.m., a motorist exiting off I-85 ran up on a body lying in the right-hand lane.

"The body is what appears to be between an 18-20 year old black female," said Capt. William Knott of the Dinwiddie Sheriff's Dept.

Fully-clothed, but with no identification, Dinwiddie sheriff's deputies are faced with a number of questions.

"We are just investigating it as a death investigation at this point," Knott said. "There's no indication that she'd been run over."

The exit ramp was shut down for more than five hours Friday morning by patrol cars. A bright yellow tarp covers the spot where the woman's body laid.

Exit 48 off of Intersate 85 is not very highly trafficked according to Dinwiddie Sheriff's deputies. This morning they canvassed both the entrance and exit ramps looking for evidence.

Investigators aren't commenting on evidence collected, but other than this crime scene no other ramps or roads were closed.

James Faulcon lives near the exit. Friday morning he drove down to see what all the commotion was out. He couldn't believe a woman's body was found near his quiet neighborhood.

"I have no idea. There's nothing like this that's happened before," said resident James Faulcon.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Dinwiddie County Sheriff's office at 804-469-4550 or Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crimesolvers at 861-1212.

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