Norfolk family fears mother was murdered

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk family fears someone killed their mother after she disappeared.

Police found the body of 43-year-old Rosa Powell on Roberts Road Saturday — 10 days after she went missing. They are calling the case an “undetermined death,” but Powell’s family wants answers for closure.

WAVY.com contacted the Norfolk Medical Examiner’s office several times Tuesday, but was referred back to a Norfolk Police spokesperson. Police have not released the cause of Powell’s death.

“She has a pretty smile and glasses that always fall to the tip of her nose,” said Whitley Powell, who takes comfort in memories of her mother.

Rosa Powell disappeared the morning of March 5 after she dropped her son and grandkids off at school.

“She took them to school, my two boys and my brother,” Whitley said. “That’s the last time I saw her.”

Powell says her mother planned to walk to the store later that morning: “She went to the store, because when I came home later, her bags were on the bed like she dropped them off and left.”

But Rosa Powell never returned to their Trice Terrace home. Powell’s family and friends put up flyers and started searching. They were surprised when police found her body two miles away.

“We just want to know what happened to her and why was she in that location, or did somebody force her to go in that location?” Powell said.

The family fears the worst because Rosa walked everywhere, often to Ingleside Elementary to volunteer during the week. Heavy hearts are hoping someone will come forward with information about her death.

“Somebody is always watching,” Powell said. “That’s what she always used to tell me. So, I know somebody seen it. I just want you to find it in your heart to say something, even if you’re an anonymous caller.”

Powell’s only medical issue was high blood pressure, which she took medicine for regularly.

There will be a vigil at Ingleside Elementary Thursday at 6:30 p.m..

If you have any information about the case, call Norfolk Police at (757) 664-3277.

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