Body of female found in state park had been burned (updated at 12:34 p.m.)0
UPDATE 11 a.m.: The body of a young female found Sunday afternoon in Kings Mountain State park had been burned, according to new information released this morning by the York County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office released a photo of a tattoo on the upper right arm of the body in hopes that someone will be able to identify the body. The tattoo is possibly part of a larger tattoo band around the arm.
The Sheriff's Office has released little more information this morning other than where the body was found on Apple Road inside the park by a person riding a horse.
Investigators still estimate the age of the victim to be between 13 and 20 years old. The body was about 5 feet 5 and weighed 115 pounds.
Officers are still waiting on autopsy results to determine how she died.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the York County Sheriff's Office at (803)-628-3059, or CrimeStoppers at (877)-409-4321.
SUNDAY NIGHT: The body of a female, somewhere between the ages of 13 and 20 years old, was discovered in Kings Mountain State Park Sunday.
The death is being investigated as a killing, said Capt. Jerry Hoffman of the York County Sheriff's Office.
Officers have not been able to identify the body.A passer-by discovered the body on the side of a road in the park shortly before noon and called 911, Hoffman said.
Late Sunday night, Hoffman would not release the exact location of where the body was found but said it was in plain sight.
Hoffman would not release information about the condition of the body and said he wasn't able to confirm the race of the female or how she was killed. An autopsy will be performed today and Hoffman hopes that will help determine if the victim was killed at the park or elsewhere. Hoffman said more information will be released about the investigation today.
Hoffman said he didn't know if this case is related to the death of 17-year-old Heather Marie Catterton whose body was found Oct. 29 on Robinson Yelton Road outside Clover, S.C.
"It's much too early for us to tell," he said.
Officers ask anyone with information about this case to call them at the York County Sheriff's Office at 803-628-3059 or CrimeStoppers at 877-409-4321.
Kings Mountain State Park is located in South Carolina off Highway 161. It spans 6,885 acres in York and Cherokee counties.
Reach Megan Ward at 704-869-1829.
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