Woman's remains found in wooded area near Weeping Water

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WEEPING WATER, Neb. (WOWT) -- A woman’s body was found Saturday near the town of Weeping Water in Cass County, Nebraska. Investigators are working to identify the woman.

The discovery has put residents in the small town of Weeping Water on-edge.

“I just can't believe it would happen around here in a small town,” said nearby resident Bobbi Frederickson.

The body was found in a wooded area. Investigators won’t say who found the body -- but say they know the body had been there for several days and was already starting to decompose.

“It's a female in her 30's that was the victim,” said Lahm.

Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff Brad Lahm and his investigative team don't know who the woman was or how her body ended up in this rural area. So far, they have not ruled out foul play.

“It's still an active investigation to figure out what may have gone on,” Lahm told WOWT 6 News

Just two months ago, hikers found a human skull in this Cass County creek. With a DNA analysis pending, those remains haven't been identified yet either.

“We're not aware of anything that would be a concern to the public,” said Lahm.

Chief Deputy Lahm does not believe the skull in the creek and the body in the woods are connected.

But without any solid answers, some who live in Cass County are apprehensive.

“I'm going to keep my doors locked. I don't know. It's just creepy,” said Cass County resident Kristin Williamson.

Investigators are getting closer to making a positive ID on the body found near Weeping Water. They won't have an official cause of death until the coroner finishes an autopsy. Those results aren’t expected for several days because the body was so badly decomposed.