A woman was fatally shot in the head and left along state Route 509 on Thursday, and Tacoma police are trying to figure why.
A man driving in the 5600 block of Marine View Drive Northeast spotted a body in a gravel area alongside the road about 8 p.m. and called 911.
The victim was identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office as Audrey Anna Newell, 29. She was homeless.
Detectives said Newell was killed Thursday, likely in the area where she was found.
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Anyone who has information on where Newell was in the days leading up to her death or saw a suspicious person or vehicle Thursday on Marine View Drive is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653