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Woman found dead in Ferguson Township

The body of a woman was found at 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Plainfield Road, according to Ferguson Township police.
The body of a woman was found at 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Plainfield Road, according to Ferguson Township police. adrey@centredaily.com

Ferguson Township police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found early Sunday.

A passer-by found the woman at 3:20 a.m. on the 500 block of Plainfield Road, according to a police department release. Police Chief Diane Conrad said the woman did not have identification on her.

Ferguson Township police released details regarding the woman in a late Sunday news release.

The woman was described as white, in the 18- to 35-year age range with short, brown hair and tattoos on her lower arms and legs. One leg tattoo is the word “Breeze.”

She was wearing gray sweatpants and a dark gray, long-sleeved thermal shirt, police said. She was wearing a black and yellow band on her left-hand ring finger.

Additional information may not be available until after the autopsy, police said, which is scheduled for Monday evening. The FTPD and Centre County Coroner’s Office will investigate the woman’s death.

A cause of death is unknown and there were no obvious signs of trauma, according to police, who believe the woman was along side the road for “a few hours,” on a night when the temperature dipped into single digits.

Police are still working to identify the body. Photos of some of the woman’s tattoos and the band are available on the township website at www.twp.ferguson.pa.us. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 800-479-0050.

Police said they do not believe the woman’s death is related to the unsolved killing of Jean Tuggy.

“There is no information that leads us to believe this incident is related to the homicide death in Pine Grove Mills a few weeks ago,” police said in the release.

Tuggy, 60, was found dead in her home by two friends on Jan. 21. An autopsy performed Jan. 22 by Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers determined that Tuggy’s death was a homicide.

Authorities say Tuggy was shot in the face, but little other information has been forthcoming.

There is a $5,000 in reward money for tips that lead to the arrest of Tuggy’s killer.

To submit a tip through Centre County Crimestoppers, email tip@centrecountycrimestoppers.org.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

Jeremy Hartley contributed.

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