BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The body has been identified by the Jefferson County Coroner as Angel Buford, 44, of Birmingham.
ORIGINAL: Birmingham police are now investigating the body found on fire in Birmingham as a homicide.
Lt. Sean Edwards says the victim may have been strangled, after the Coroner’s Office found that she had lacerations on her neck.
Monday afternoon, Birmingham police were back on the scene taking photographs from where the woman’s body was found.
Residents of a nearby apartment complex discovered the body in an alley on 10th Avenue North. The victim was found next to a dumpster. One tenant, Liz Robinson, says she got a call from people in a neighboring building about what they thought was just a fire. “We though it was a car [on fire] and then we looked down here at the trash can and it was on fire,” she explained. “I walked down the stairs and looked…and her arm was up and I saw her hair was in a ponytail. I told my husband it was a body, and to call 911.”
Robinson tells CBS 42 that most of the neighbors never heard anything out of the ordinary that evening. “We don’t know what happened, nobody heard anything, and it’s just too close to home for comfort,” she said. Others say they suspected foul play from the beginning because it was so quiet before the fire started. Many in the neighborhood think that the woman was likely killed somewhere else–then lit on fire and dumped in the alley.
“Why would somebody do this?” Robinson said. “This is just awful.”
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