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Lehigh County authorities still trying to identify homicide victim

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 28 2012 12:29:23 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 29 2012 05:40:39 AM CST

A woman found burned beyond recognition alongside a rural road in Lehigh County was a homicide victim, the coroner announced Friday.

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. -

Authorities are still trying to identify the woman found burned beyond recognition alongside a rural road in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County.

An autopsy Friday ruled the death a homicide caused by suffocation and thermal injuries, said  the coroner, Scott Grim.

Grim described the victim as a white or light-skinned Hispanic female between 20- and 40-years-old. She had brown hair, stood between 5 feet and 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed between 150 and 175 pounds.

The woman had a tattoo on the right side of her neck with the inscription of "JAVI" and was wearing a woven style bracelet with Puerto Rican flag beads.

The woman's body was found alongside Chestnut Hill Road Thursday morning.

Folks living on Chestnut Hill Road were shocked to learn why their street was lined with police on Thursday.

"My sister called and said that there was a body up around the corner here," explained Tim Bollinger.

"This is definitely out of the ordinary for us," added Elisse Cassick. "It's unsettling. I'll be happier when I at least know what happened."

"You just don't want to see the coroner in your neighborhood," explained Bollinger. "They do an important job, I just don't want to see it happen here.