Coroner identifies woman found dead in Portland
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Just before 2 a.m., police got a call about a woman's body in a residential but secluded area of Portland, one that is usually safe for families.
The coroner's office identifies the victim as 24-year-old Kristine Pierson.
It says an autopsy was inconclusive on telling how she died, but police do know she sustained some sort of trauma.
Toxicology and other test results won't be available for several weeks.
33rd St and Rudd Avenue is situated almost underneath Interstate 64 in west Louisville.
There are only a few houses at that intersection, many of them abandoned and partially boarded up.
"Whatever's going on over there, chances are we don't see it," said Regina Jewell.
Jewell is one of just a few people that live nearby.
She says she didn't hear anything unusual overnight.
She believes the body was dumped in this alley.
"People like to dump things over there. I guess they realize they can get away with it and what not and they have a lot," said Jewell.
Police knocked on her door at 4:00 Friday morning.
"Then they told me well there's a dead body just over here in this alley and I was pretty alarmed by that," she told WDRB.
Police aren't sure how the Pierson died, but do know she sustained some sort of trauma.
"It's difficult in a sense of we're relying on the community to retrace her last steps to see if she's even a resident of this area," said Alicia Smiley, LMPD Spokesperson.
Detectives scanned the area early Friday morning for clues, interviewing residents as possible witnesses.
Nicky Barnes says many residents no longer feel safe living in Portland.
"It's coming to where when you walk down the street, you have to look over your shoulder and you're always worried. It's getting to the point where people don't even want to come out after dark," said Barnes, a Portland resident.
But she says the area where the body was found normally is safe.
She says it's where people bring their kids to sled in the winter.
"Right here is normally pretty quiet besides someone throwing a pop bottle out their window off the expressway or something, it's pretty quiet," said Barnes.
That made the news even more shocking for most.
"Everyone's just you know, praying for the girl's family," she said.
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