Walker County Sheriff: Woman dead 3-5 days prior to body's discovery Tuesday

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UPDATE (Thursday):

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that 31-year-old Britney Cole of LaFayette is the woman whose body was found Tuesday.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office is sharing more information on Cole, including where she was prior to her death, and who she had recently married.

See more at the link here.

UPDATE (Tuesday afternoon):

The Walker County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) has shared new details about a woman whose body was discovered near LaFayette earlier Tuesday.

WCSO has not identified the woman, but are describing her as white, between 30 and 45 years old, and having brown hair. They say she has two distinct tattoos, which they will share if they aren't able to identify her in a timely manner.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, WCSO says the woman had been dead three to five days at the point her body was found off the 2900 block of Old Mineral Springs Road.

Sheriff's detectives say she did not have any noticeable signs of trauma. The body will be taken to a GBI crime lab for autopsy.

Detectives are checking with area law enforcement to see if she matches any missing person reports.

If you know any more about the incident, or know who she is, please call Det. Sgt. Zach Simpson at 706-639-0871 or 706-375-7810.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.


An investigation is underway after two farmers spotted a woman's body in Walker County near LaFayette Tuesday morning.

The farmers spotted the body about 30 yards away from Old Mineral Springs Road early Tuesday.

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says the unidentified woman's body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab.

Investigators spent several hours on the scene, looking for nearby objects like jewelry and a cellphone that could help them identify the woman.

Sheriff Wilson tells our crew on the scene they didn’t see any physical harm like a gunshot wound at first glance. The woman does have tattoos, so they’re hoping that may narrow the search.

Wilson says someone very well could have ditched the body of someone who lives out of town. He mentioned to our crew the fact that the Bonnaroo Festival just wrapped up nearby, as well as all the travelers who drive I-59. They’re contacting outside agencies now.

This is a developing story and we have a crew on the scene getting more details. Depend on us for updates.

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