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Police make gruesome discovery in Petersburg cemetery

Posted at 7:00 PM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-13 19:15:02-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Officers made a gruesome discovery after receiving multiple calls about a woman's body lying in a Petersburg cemetery Sunday morning.

Petersburg Police were called to the Peoples Memorial Cemetery around 9:30 a.m. after receiving the calls.

"You know buzzards fly around a lot of stuff, but I didn’t figure..." neighbor Floyd Tyler said.

When police said they discovered a woman's body in the cemetery, Tyler said he was floored.

"I didn’t figure it was a human being," Tyler said. "This stuff kinda shake you up, you know."

As a result of the death investigation, police closed a portion of Mingea Street near the cemetery.

Police believe the victim is between 20 to 40 years told.

Officials said the medical examiner will determine the victim's exact cause of death.

If you have information that could help detectives, call Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or text the keyword pdcash followed by the tip and send to 274637.