Altoona police release identification of deceased woman

Altoona police said in a release Thursday that they have identified the dead body found Wednesday in the garage of an abandoned home.

Police launched an investigation at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on the east 400 block of Pleasant Valley Boulevard. State police, plus Blair County’s coroner and district attorney’s office, are involved in the investigation.

An autopsy conducted at Lehigh Valley Hospital Thursday identified the deceased as Catherine Copley.

“Although the physical Autopsy is complete there are additional forensic tests that need to be completed so that the cause and manner of death can be established,” police said in the release. “We would ask that everyone please give Cathy's family their privacy as they work their way through this difficult time. There will be no further information available at this time due to the ongoing investigation.”

Copley went missing in December, which is when her family began a search for her, according to an Associated Press report.