A passerby found the body of a middle-aged woman about 2 p.m. Thursday near a trailhead off near Harrison Avenue and Cooper Point Road, according to Olympia police.
The body showed no obvious signs of trauma, Olympia police Sgt. Dan Smith said. He estimated the woman was in her late 40s or early 50s.
The wooded area where the body was found is a popular camping spot for the homeless; Smith said it is too early to say whether the woman, who had not been identified as of Thursday evening, was a transient.
Detectives had to wait several hours to obtain a search warrant to enter the area where the woman was found because it is on private property, Smith said. As of 5:30 p.m., detectives were continuing their investigation, and it was unknown whether the woman was a homicide victim. The Thurston County Coroner’s Office will conduct the woman’s autopsy Friday.
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In March 2008, two homeless men were murdered near where the woman’s body was found, Smith said. David Miller and Norman Peterson were beaten, strangled and burned in their tent at a campsite. Three men were convicted of murder in their deaths.