Death investigation: Woman found by road in Preble County identified

A passing motorist spotted a woman’s body in a ditch Sunday afternoon along the side of a road in Preble County.

The driver from Richmond, Indiana, reported seeing the body at about 3:30 p.m. on Cox Road near the Paint Road intersection in Jackson Twp., according to a release from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

“A woman’s body, very dead in the ditch,” the woman told a sheriff’s dispatcher. “She’s laying face down but she is clothed.”

Deputies found the deceased woman in a ditch. She was later identified as Autumn Lowery, 33, of Wayne County, Indiana. An autopsy was planned for Monday, the sheriff’s office said.

The case remains under investigation by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office and Preble County Coroner’s Office.

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