Body found along southbound I-75 in Kenton County identified as 30-year-old female

CRITTENDEN, Ky. -- An initial forensic anthropologist examination determined the body found on southbound I-75 last week is that of a white female approximately 30 years of age.

The body was found at about 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 27 near the I-71/I-75 split in southern Kenton County by Glen Copher, a member of a mowing crew.

The identity and cause of death have still not been determined and Kenton County Police Chief Brian Capps said his officers were treating the discovery as a crime until they get the official autopsy report.

Capps said there was no clear indication of cause of death at the scene of the discovery.

It was also unclear how long the body was left along the interstate, or how the body ended up in the area. Capps said the remains were taken to Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Fort Thomas, where the autopsy will be performed.

"It could easily be a hitchhiker, someone walking and died of natural causes, that is a possibility. We're not ruling anything out," Capps said.

In addition to the autopsy, Capps said his department will be working with various agencies throughout the Tri-State to determine if any reports of missing females match the remains.

9 On Your Side's Amy Wadas and Mario Ramirez contributed to this report.

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