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June 16, 2014

UPDATED: Motorist with disabled vehicle finds body along I-65 near Gardendale

GARDENDALE — Investigators are still trying to determine what happened to a woman whose body was found along Interstate 65 Monday morning.

Sgt. Jack Self of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said that a motorist broke down around 10:30 a.m. and pulled off to the shoulder of the northbound lane, about a mile south of the Fieldstown Road exit. There the motorist discovered the body just off the road.

Self described the body as that of a white woman between the ages of 25 and 40, with brown hair. The victim was wearing only Spandex-style pants and a white bra, and no shoes.

"We don't believe the person died there," Self said. "We do suspect foul play, but there's no obvious trauma to the body."

Self added that there was a wristband from Six Flags theme park in Atlanta on the victim's wrist. Investigators are checking the serial number to track down when the wristband was used, Self said.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office said Monday afternoon that there was no additional information as of yet as they had just begun the investigative process, so there's no information yet on how long the body may have been there.

Traffic along I-65 was backed up for miles for much of the mid-day hours, but largely returned to normal flow in the afternoon.

[Updated at 4:30 p.m. to include a desctiption of the victim's hair and clothing, as released by the Sheriff's Office.]

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