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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- Richmond police are investigating the murder of a woman found in the 1300 block of Hopkins Road in South Richmond Monday.

Police released a sketch of the victim Wednesday afternoon in hopes someone that knows here will come forward.

Kevin Carroll, Chesterfield President of the Fraternal Order of Police said not being able to identify a victim in a homicide case can bring challenges for police.

"If you can identify the person, you can build backwards from there to determine what happened in her life in the last 48 hours," said Carroll.

While police continue to try and identify who the victim is, Carroll said using markings like tattoos can be an important way to get the public's attention.

"I just assumed that it was a body down there. It was a gut feeling," said Jennifer Wake.

Jennifer Wake, who lived in the neighborhood for two years, described it as "very dicey" with a lot of transient traffic because of the nearby bus stops.

"You have a lot of people walking 2, 3 o'clock in the morning. That's why I left the neighborhood. I didn't like it," said Wake.

Police told CBS 6 that a passerby collecting can discovered the woman's body along a ravine in a remote area underneath a foot bridge.

The murder victim is described as an African-American woman with a thin build, approximately 4'10" and in her 20s.

Her hair had a buzz cut. She was wearing a grey t-shirt that had "Free and Proud" written on it. In addition she had on a black Nike basketball jersey for the Philadelphia 76ers, "3" Allen Iverson.

On her arm is a tattoo that reads "Sammy G," and she also has knuckle tattoos. On her right hand knuckles is tattooed "God's" and on her left is tattooed "Gift."

Body discovered on Hopkins Road (PHOTO: Chris Munnings)

Body discovered on Hopkins Road (PHOTO: Chris Munnings)

And while Richmond police determine who the victim is and what lead up to her death, curiosity is what brought Jennifer Wake back to the crime scene.

"It was somebody's daughter. Somebody's, maybe mother, sister... that's horrible," said Wake.

Police are asking for anyone with information about this crime or suspect to submit tips anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.



  • sherry holliday

    Sad at the loss of a life….even sadder at the reference of where. It really shouldn’t matter. We need to figure out how to get our “children” back.

    • manalishi

      No sherry. There is no sadder reference. Stop letting the “children” go, only then can you get the rest back.

  • googleit

    i just want to know why they used those pictures of the hands with the skin peeling off, that is extremely disturbing!! i mean dang they used a sketch for the face, could they not sketch a copy of the tattoos?? Thats gross!!

  • shaye

    I don’t understand how so many people is saying negative things about this lady if it was your mother or sister maybe your daughter or niece or even u I mean please respect the lost of the young lady life my she rest in heaven

  • PoisonPen

    Please check her DNA against Teleka Patrick. She had religious delusions, as well as erotomania and went missing in MI/IN. She could hv ended up in homeless shelters, and she did think she was Gods Gift, spread the word and all that….delusions or not. She could be any where, but I presumed she ended up homeless on the streets. Please check. She could have been tattooed AFTER her episode.

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