Woman found dead in South Austin




Posted on October 17, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 17 at 7:55 AM

AUSTIN -- Seven and a half hours after a woman was found dead in South Austin, detectives returned to the crime scene looking for clues. They call her death suspicious and have few leads to go on.

“We don't have any information as far as how she got there and how long she's been there,” said APD Cpl. Anthony Hipolito.

A passerby found the woman's body lying on the hillside of The Heights Apartments on South Congress at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The body was near a fence that borders St. Edward's University. A spokesperson for the university says they don't believe the woman was a student at the school.

Sunday afternoon detectives taped off a large area from Cumberland Road to St. Edward's University. They say the woman was only wearing socks and had bruises on her body.

“She does have obvious trauma to her body,” said Hipolito.

Maggie Turner works across the street at Jeanie's Java. She was surprised to hear about the woman's death.

“It’s very scary knowing that [this] is going in in this neighborhood,” she said. “I hope they solve it fast. Find out what happened and who did it.”

Detectives are not saying how the woman died or if  her body was brought to the South Austin location.   

Anyone with information is asked to call APD's homicide tip line at 512-477-3588.