Woman found dead in Hanover had 'obvious signs of trauma'

Deputies conducting death investigation in Hanover
Published: Sep. 5, 2016 at 2:09 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2016 at 9:56 PM EDT
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The Hanover County Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation near the county's Atlee area.

Deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive woman around 5:43 a.m. Monday in the 10000 block of Colony Bee Place, located near Atlee Station Road.

Neighbors say they woke up to find Sheriff's deputies searching their yard. Deputies discovered a woman's body in a grassy area between two homes, as well as a car parked near the body on Harvest Honey Road.

Deputies say the woman had "obvious signs of trauma." She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors said they heard a woman scream around 11 p.m. Sunday.

"It was a loud shrill, almost like someone might have been being attacked, but after I didn't see anything I was just thinking it was young kids outside horse playing," said Will Stroble.

Other neighbors said they too heard a scream. When they checked outside, they didn't see anyone, nor did they see the car. Hours later, Stroble was floored when he saw the body behind his home.

"I was shocked, because I wondered if she had laid there all night, and I feel like I should have done something, maybe called and reported it," said Stroble.

Investigators are looking into what happened and are working with the Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.

Officials are not releasing the woman's identity until they notify her family. However, Bill Weaver, who lives in the community, say he knew the woman and her husband.

"I don't know what to think. It's one of those things you are a little bit in shock," Weaver said.

Weaver said the couple was very friendly and lived in the area for a few years.

"We were supposed to go to the Virginia vs. Virginia Tech game together. His wife was all excited about that," said Weaver. "I'm pretty much shocked that anything like that happened, because we just talked about ten days ago."

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff's Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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