Burned Female Corpse Dumped on the Side of the Road in Northern Rowan County. Case Being Treated as a Homicide

Posted on June 17, 2016

RFP Staff

♦ UPDATED: https://rowanfreepress.com/2016/06/20/leonard-road-murder-victim-identified-as-amanda-kay-smith-of-salisbury-pair-arrested-in-myrtle-beach-face-charges-for-her-murder/

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday 911 dispatch received a call from a driver on the 3000 block of Leonard Road near Bluebird Lane and the upper region of High Rock Lake in Northern Rowan. The driver reported a female body was sprawled on a grassy shoulder of Leonard Road.

When Sheriff’s Office deputies and Miller’s Ferry Fire Department arrived, they came upon an unidentified nude female and attempted to render assistance. The woman was dead and showed signs of being burned on her shoulders. It was yet to be determined if she died on Leonard Road or elsewhere. It is also unknown how the woman was killed although her head appeared to show a blunt force trauma.

The crime scene was being treated as a homicide. Yellow crime scene tape stretched between two Sheriff’s office vehicles on Leonard Road and shutdown traffic until 11 a.m. The investigation continued most of the morning with detectives knocking on doors and speaking with neighbors.

The woman’s identity may be revealed by her tattoos. Because of of her burns, mostly on her shoulders it is difficult to determine her ethnicity. She was sent to the medical examiner this morning in Raleigh in hopes of being medically able to determine her identity.

A long stretch of 3000 Leonard Road:

3000 Leonard Rd

If anyone knows of a missing woman in the area they are asked to call Lt. Chad Moose at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8687 or the Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

**This article will be updated as soon as more information arrives.**

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