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Woman found dead

Unidentified victim had head trauma

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Christian Quarry Road Hopkinsville KY

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 9:13 am | Updated: 12:49 pm, Tue Mar 1, 2011.

A driver found a woman’s body this morning beside Christian Quarry Road near the Pennyrile Parkway overpass. The body was partially naked and had visible head trauma, officials said.

Emergency workers removed the body around 9:20 a.m., two and a half hours after the 911 call. But as of 10 a.m., Hopkinsville police hadn’t identified the woman or determined her age. Christian County Coroner Dorris Lamb said she was white and roughly middle-aged: not elderly, not especially young.

Lamb declined to speculate about the cause of death before the autopsy, which is slated for 1 p.m. in Madisonville. He confirmed that her head showed trauma.

About six police cars, marked and unmarked, lined the side of the road for most of the morning. Trees obscured their flashing lights from passers-by on East Ninth Street and U.S. 68.

Ice that clung to the car frames melted into puddles as the cold morning warmed.

Officers hung three layers of crime scene tape — one below the overpass and one on each side. Detectives roamed and shot pictures while Lamb and Dr. Deirdre Schluckebier, the regional medical examiner who works in Madisonville, looked over the body.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor arrived around 8:35 a.m. and was at the crime scene for at least an hour.

Reach Nick Tabor at 270-887-3231 or ntabor@kentuckynewera.com.

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