Police identify body found near Route 1 in Laurel -- Gazette.Net



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This story was updated at 12:17 p.m. Dec. 10, 2012.

Howard County police have released the name of a woman who was found dead Sunday in a wooded area near Route 1 in Laurel.

Police said a man walking near the wooded area around 4 p.m. discovered the body and called 911.

Howard County police have identified the body as that of Staci Marie Watkins, 49, of no fixed address. Police are investigating the death.

According to Howard County police, there were no obvious signs of foul play and police believe the woman was first reported missing several weeks ago by a friend.

Investigators believe she may have been homeless, Howard County police said, and the investigation is ongoing.

The cause of death will be determined once an autopsy is complete, Howard County police said.

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