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Investigators identify dismembered body found in Chesterfield County woods

(Florence-AP) February 23, 2006 - Authorities have identified the mutilated remains of a young woman found in some Chesterfield County woods.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff identified the body as Sharon Tucker Stone from Monroe, North Carolina.

Deputies say a man picking up cans along Highway151 and Peach Orchard Road found the young woman's dismembered body about two weeks ago.

Chesterfield County Coroner Donnie Baker said preliminary autopsy results showed the woman died of two gunshot wounds to the head. The coroner's office ruled the death a homicide, but investigators are still working to determine exactly why the body was dismembered, whether it was animals or caused by something else.

Sheriff Parker says even though that part of the county is well-traveled, it is also heavily wooded, making it an ideal place for someone to try and hide something.

Sheriff Parker says it could be a long-term investigation, "It may take anywhere from a week to 10 years. We're hoping that someone somewhere saw something out here that's what we looking for, someone to call us and tell us what you saw."

Investigators think the body had been in the woods for about a week. Sheriff Parker says he's determined to find some answers for the family, no matter how long it takes.

While investigating this crime, deputies in Chesterfield County compared notes with investigators in Union County, where they found other similar crimes. Investigators in both counties plan to continue working together to see if the cases are indeed related.

Posted 2:02pm by Bryce Mursch

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