Body found in Birdsboro; death suspicious, state police say

PSP: 'We're going to be relying on the community'

BIRDSBORO, Pa. - State police said they are investigating the death of a woman found in Berks County on Wednesday as suspicious.

Birdsboro police were initially dispatched at 11:20 a.m. for the report of a body found in a small wooded area behind 316 West Main Street/Route 724 in the borough.

"Once they got there, they asked for our assistance," said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Beohm, a public information officer for Reading-based Troop L.

State police dispatched their major case team investigators to the scene. A state police helicopter also hovered above the area, which was cordoned off with crime scene tape.

"The very beginnings of this investigation is going on right now," Beohm said.

Investigators with the Berks County coroner and district attorney's offices also responded to the scene.

As a precaution, police advised a nearby daycare center to dismiss its students early because of the investigation.

"Very concerned. In this day and age, you never know what's happening," said John Anderson of Exeter Township, who was picking up his child at the center. 

"It's very concerning, because whether it's a shooting or just any kind of violence or mishap, my kid is here during the day when I'm not with her," said Amanda Ayala of Birdsboro, who was also picking up her child at the center. 

Authorities have not released any information about the woman who was found, including her name or age.

"If we don't have any ID on the person back there, we're going to be relying on the community or the public, if you will, to call in anything," Beohm said. "If they saw anything suspicious in that general area, if they know someone that's missing, a female that's missing, that's what we're going to rely on."

State police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area to call 610-378-4011.

"Even if you think it's not important at all, please call us and let our investigators decide it's not important information for us to have," Beohm concluded.

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