NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport News Police have identified the body found Friday morning as a 24-year-old homeless woman. Her death is being investigated as the city’s first homicide of 2014.
Holly McPherson with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com the body was found by a Newport News Waterworks employee around 7:15 a.m. lying off the side of an access road in the 500 block of Industrial Park Drive.
When officers arrived, they found the body fully clothed.
Detectives believe the woman was left at the location in the early morning hours Friday. The access road is used by Newport News Waterworks, CSX and various construction companies.
McPherson said the woman has been identified through fingerprints as a 24-year-old homeless woman, Karrie Ann Henson.
She is 24-years-old and appears to be of Native American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Inuit descent. She was wearing LEI jeans, a black sweatshirt and white, size 7 Adidas tennis shoes. The woman is described as having the following attributes:
- 25 to 35 years old
- 5’8″ tall
- 190 pounds
- no tattoos
- teeth are in poor condition
- pierced ears
WAVY.com spoke to several people working at nearby businesses. No one saw anything suspicious.
“I was here pretty late last night and here pretty early this morning and didn’t notice anything,” said Gerald Goddard, who works for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
IBEW’s front parking lot is right across the street from where the woman’s body was found. Goddard and others in the area said Industrial Park Drive is well traveled. The service road gate is always closed unless a Waterworks employee is using it.