MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Police in Middletown are still trying to identify the woman whose body was found near Miners Falls.
The popular hangout spot turned into a crime scene Saturday when two hikers made the disturbing discovery in a stream near Miners Falls.
An autopsy has been conducted, but neither the Medical Examiner's office or the Middletown police are releasing the cause of death. Police do confirm though this is a homicide investigation.
Police say a heart shaped tattoo on the back of the woman's left shoulder may be the key to identifying her. Inside the heart is the name Melissa.
The thought of what happened to her worries those who come to the wooded area for its peacefulness.
"Like boys it's different, but like girls... like I got my sister in Boston and I was worried about her because stuff like this happening," said Dylan Ostasiewski or Meriden.
Ostasiewski was at Miners Falls Saturday morning, just hours before the body was discovered in the stream.
"I came home and my parents told me and I told them I was here earlier in the day and they kind of like sighed at me. Like, you know, you don't want to be here if stuff like that's happening," he said.
Ostasiewski may not have seen anything but he says there were plenty of other people around, and it appears among those people were the two hikers police say followed a trail of blood leading to the body.
Police want to know what happened to the woman and who she is. News 8 has learned she is "most likely" a Hispanic woman between 18 and 30-years-old with long brown hair. She is between 5' 4" and 5' 6" weighing 110 to 120 pounds.
"I'm surprised that she hadn't turned up as missing though," said Ted Gentile of Middletown. "I can't believe no one's missing her. Maybe she's from another state, who know? That's the thing about this road right off the highway, so you don't know where she's from. They could have just came here and just got rid of her. I don't know."
Middletown police say the woman does not match the description of any missing persons cases.
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