YAKIMA, WA (AP) - A Washington state coroner has confirmed a homeless woman was beaten to death after authorities say her body was found near railroad tracks in Yakima.
Yakima Herald-Republic reported that 58-year-old Linda Berukoff was discovered with severe injuries to her face and head and was naked from the waist down.
Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice says her death was officially deemed a homicide as a result of blunt-force trauma to her head after an autopsy was conducted. Curtice says evidence was also collected for a sexual assault kit as part of the investigation.
01-30-2020 ORIGINAL STORY:
YAKIMA, WA - Yakima Police are investigating a homicide after a pedestrian found a body on N. Front Street Thursday morning.
Thursday, Jan. 30, a man was walking on N. Front Street when he found a body on the side of the road and called police.
Responding officers arrived at around 10:40 a.m. and found a semi-nude woman with a lot of trauma to her face.
Police are treating the investigation as a homicide. This is a developing story.