• Woman's body found in Tacoma alley


    TACOMA, Wash. - Police in the South Sound are investigating a suspicious death after a woman was found dead in a Tacoma alley.


    Investigators said the body was found at South 14th and South Ainsworth Street in Tacoma in the Hilltop neighborhood around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.


      Officers determined the death was suspicious and called detectives.


    Officers blocked off the alley and spent hours investigating as the forensic unit collected evidence.


    Police said the victim is a black woman in her 20s, and are working to determine her identity.


    Jeanie Peterson is the block watch captain in the neighborhood.


    “It sounds bad.  I’m hoping it’s not somebody I know because I know so many people on this block,” said Peterson.


    Detectives went door to door talking to neighbors.


    Investigators said they don't know how long the victim was in the alley.


    Peterson said she hadn't been outside Sunday and she and many other neighbors were inside watching the Seahawks game.


    “We’ll find out from police. They always send (block watch captains) emails about what’s going on and we send them out to our block and let them know if it’s something we need to worry about,” said Peterson.


    An autopsy will be performed on Monday or Tuesday.

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