Female with ‘obvious signs of trauma’ found dead in Hanover

HANOVER, Va. – A woman's death is under investigation after she was found early Monday morning.

Just before 6 a.m. Monday, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 10000 block of Colony Bee Place for a report of an unresponsive female.

Once units arrived on scene they located a female with obvious signs of trauma. Hanover Fire and EMS arrived and pronounced the female deceased.

Law enforcement sources said that the woman suffered a gunshot wound, but Hanover investigators did not confirm the cause of death.

However, officers could be seen searching the neighborhood Monday. Deputies walked shoulder to shoulder, looking through dumpsters and lowering themselves into storm drains to search for evidence.

According to neighbors, the woman was found outside, about 100 yards from what they said is her home.

A woman's death is under investigation after she was found early Monday morning.

A woman's death is under investigation after she was found early Monday morning.

Investigators are actively looking into the circumstances surrounding this incident and are working in conjunction with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

The identity of the female is being withheld pending notification to the family.

A woman's death is under investigation after she was found early Monday morning.

A woman's death is under investigation after she was found early Monday morning.

The neighborhood is near three schools, and in an area people consider very safe.  Residents hope for answers as the crime tape waves around as a reminder of what they called a stark tragedy.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.