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Foul play suspected after woman’s body found in Amelia driveway

Posted at 10:43 AM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 19:13:30-04

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. -- Foul play was suspected after a woman's body was found outside an Amelia County home Wednesday morning.

The woman, described as a black female, has not yet been positively identified by investigators.

Her body was found on a private drive along the 17000 block of Patrick Henry Highway.

A 911 call placed at 5 a.m. brought investigation to the home off Route 360, Sheriff Ricky Walker said.

The homeowners, who declined to speak on camera, said they were devastated by the disturbing discovery in their driveway.

"Very disheartening," said April Pembelton. "Don't know why somebody would do something like that," said April Pembelton.

Body found in private driveway on Amelia County property.

Body found in private driveway on Amelia County property.

Investigators said a neighbor discovered a woman's body while entering the driveway as headed home from work.

"I don't believe it happened here. I do believe this has happened somewhere else," Amelia County Sheriff Ricky Walker said.

Walker said the victim was fully clothed and that he believes her body was dumped at this location during the early morning hours.

The sheriff said he suspects foul play. He noted the victim had a head injury, but would not elaborate.

"Once we find out who she is, then we can back track as to maybe her where a bouts, where she was earlier yesterday or today," Walker said.

This is the second major death investigation in Amelia this year.

In January, Woodell Brooks was murdered inside his Poorhouse Road home, his wife Olene abucted and later killed.

The suspect, the Brooks' former son-in-law, Dana William, killed himself outside Boston when police moved in to arrest him.

Pembelton feels for the victim's family having to go through such a tragedy.

"I can not imagine, can even begin to comprehend what they're going through," Pembelton said.

The woman's body was taken to the Medical Examiner's office for positive identification.

If you have information about this case that could help investigators, call the county's Crime Solvers line at 804-561-5200 or the Amelia County Sheriff's Office at 804-561-2118.