LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Police say a 24-year-old woman found in the Portland neighborhood was murdered, and it's what her family has been saying all along.   

Kristine Pierson's body was found in a Portland alleyway, Jan. 17.  Family members feel confident she didn't go to that area alone.

"I don't know what to think, I don't know what to do. I can't sleep, I can't eat," said Cheryl Browning, Pierson's mother.

Browning is heartbroken, still struggling with the recent death of her daughter.

"She was 24-years-old, I mean, too soon," said Browning. 

She also questions where her daughter's body was found: "We have no connections in the area."

And that's why Browning knew from the beginning her daughter had met with foul play.

"She did not go there alone." 

In fact, family and friends had been trying to reach Pierson for several days before her body was discovered, even turning to social media for help.

"I actually put a post on Facebook, you know, a missing post, 'Hey, has anybody seen or heard from Kristine?'"

By then, Browning suspected the worst. 

"I knew in my heart something was wrong."

A phone call from Browning's son confirmed that. 

"He said, 'Mom, are you coming home?' I said, 'No, Alex, I think I am going to go file a missing person report on your sister.' Then that's when he broke down and unfortunately the officers were here."

Initially, the coroner's office said Pierson suffered trauma to the body and called it a death investigation, but that has changed. 

"We're working it as a homicide at this point, we don't know the exact cause of death at this point but we are looking at everything at this time," said LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.

Police are also looking at how and why Pierson was in the Portland neighborhood.

"We know that the body was there but we are looking at all angles to see if it actually happened there or somewhere else," Mitchell explained.

Meanwhile, surrounded by pictures of her daughter, Cheryl Browning looked right into the camera as she made a plea to the public for answers:  "Anybody, I mean, even if you think it was her, you know, anybody, anything, you know, nothing is too small."

Metro Police are looking for some people who may have been with Pierson between January 10 and 14.

If you have any information about the case, call the anonymous police tip line at 574-LMPD.

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