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Autopsy provides clues in decomposed body

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

It was a discovery that still has a Richmond neighborhood on edge - a body found in an abandoned home.

"It's kind of bothersome cause I live right down the road," said neighbor Susan Shelley, "makes me want to keep my family and relatives closer to me."

The Madison County Coroner has released new information on the badly decomposed remains found in the home on Irvine Street last Friday.

The Madison County Coroner says Monday's autopsy has provided new clues in the case.

Preliminary information on the remains indicates they are those of a woman, 5'8"to 5'10", who had long brown hair. The coroner says the woman was wearing a t-shirt that says 'top 10 reasons to learn American sign language' on the back and had a 'Silent Dinners' logo on the front pocket. He says the woman did have extensive dental work.

Authorities still don't know the woman's age or cause of death, and it could be months before they do.

But the coroner says they are certain the person is not Sonsoray Warford, a Richmond woman who disappeared three months ago. Dental records eliminated the possibility.

Investigators say the body could have been in the vacant home for several months. It was found in a back room of the home.

The coroner hopes they will be able to lift some fingerprints from the body to help in identification. They are still asking for tips from the public.

"There is no such thing as a bad lead because sooner or later something is going to fall into place," said Coroner Jimmy Cornelison, "and when it does hopefully we can identify this person and go from there."

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