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Woman's body found in Montgomery County field

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:17:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 30 2012 04:40:05 AM CDT

Farmer finds woman's body in field

NEW HANOVER TWP., Pa. -

The body of an unidentified white woman was found Wednesday morning in Montgomery County,  police said.

The crime scene tape went up in the area of Little and Renninger roads in New Hanover Township, about seven miles east of Boyertown, Berks Co.

The Montgomery County coroner's office left the scene in the Frederick section of the county around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday. Inside the coroner's vehicle, investigators said was the body of a woman found in the freshly mowed grass of an open field.

New Hanover Twp. Police and the Montgomery Co. District Attorney's office spent most of the day combing the area to gather evidence.

"It just shocked me, it just shocked me. I came in and got my daughter-in-law and she went berserk," said Mark Slater.

Slater said he spent the morning on his hay tractor. For some reason, he decided to cut his field, and that's when he discovered what he first thought was a mannequin on his property around 10:22 a.m.

"I don't think it was there a long time because I told them I saw wheel tracks when I cut the hay, it was kind of high there," said Slater.

Slater said he came across the body about 100 feet from those tracks, that appear to back up to the road. The body was lying next to his cornfield. Slater's daughter-in-law went out to look and he said she spotted a tattoo on the woman.

"I've been living in this area for 26 years. It's not something that happens everyday. It's a quiet neighborhood, not a lot of activity, so yeah it's very shocking," said Amber Boalton, who knows the Slater family.

The cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy. The identity of the female is unknown, said investigators.