Investigation Continues into Body Found Near Bay

August 6, 2006--posted at 12:30 pm CDT, updated at 7:23 a.m. on 8/7/06, updated at 3:51 p.m.

Bay - Local officials are investigating a possible homicide in eastern Craighead County.

The badly decomposed remains of a woman have been found in a ditch between Bay and Lunsford in Craighead County.

Sheriff's investigators believe the body is Cassandra Addney of Bay who was reported missing on Wednesday. Sheriff Jack McCann says a farmer saw something unusual in the ditch on Wednesday or Thursday but did not take a closer look until Saturday.

The head and shoulders of the corpse were in one plastic bag, and another bag covered the legs, leaving only the torso exposed.

Because of the state of the decomposition, investigators could not immediately determine any apparent cause of death. The body will be sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.  Local authorities are hopeful that a check of dental records will confirm the victim's identity as that of Cassandra Addney.  Meanwhile, the case appears to be a homicide.  "It's apparently not of natural causes, and we do suspect homicide at this time," said Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson.  Today, McCann told K8 News the body was riddled with "multiple gunshot wounds."

Meanwhile, anyone with information about the death is urged to contact the Craighead County Sheriff's Department at 933-4551.