Autopsy today for partial human remains found near Youngstown Rd.
By Matt Barbour, Weekend Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- An autopsy is scheduled today for the body of a woman found Sunday near Chickamauga Creek in Chattanooga. According to WRCB's news partners at the Times Free Press, the remains are are partial.
Chattanooga Police are working to figure out who the person is and how she got there.
Pila Cooper was on her way to church Sunday morning only to find Youngstown Road blocked off by crime tape.
"Me and my daughter looked at each other. She said, 'yellow tape means a body,'" says Cooper.
Police were called to Youngstown Road around 8:30 after a caller said they thought they spotted a body at the bottom of an embankment, near the shoreline of South Chickamauga Creek.
"They have determined it is a female. But right now we do not have the identity of the person. The forensics lab is still working on that," says Sgt. Wayne Jefferson with the Chattanooga Police Department.
"Contrary to what people might say, there's nothing major that ever goes on over here, rarely goes on over here," says Cooper.
Cooper says she feels safe on her stretch of Youngstown, but says a good portion of the road is not well lit.
"It's dark. That describes it. It's dark and scary."
She says drivers use Youngstown as a cut through from Lightfoot Mill Road to Bonny Oaks, often taking advantage of the darkness, dumping trash.
She just hopes that is not the case with the woman.
"It's very sad to the victim, as well as the victim's family," says Cooper.
Family members of 48-year-old Dana Wilkes, missing since November 9, believe this could Dana. The family posted, "There has not been a positive identification yet. ... It is likely that this is Dana, but we will wait for the results to come back."
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525 or Crime Stoppers at 423-698-3333.