Discovery shifts to murder

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

The investigation into the discovery of a woman’s body off of Suffolk’s Route 58 has now shifted to a murder probe.

On Sunday, the woman’s body was found discarded by a passing motorist around 4 p.m., halfway along an embankment where Wilroy Road intersects with the 58 Bypass.


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An autopsy was conducted on Monday as new details of the case surfaced.

Police now know that the woman found is a 22-year-old black female known as Porcha Emm Banks, of Norfolk, according to Police Sgt. Stephen W. Smith.

Police are not releasing the specific cause of death for &uot;investigative reasons,&uot; according to police reports.

Anyone with information about this case should call Detective G. D. Myrick at 923-2193, 923-2350, or call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.