Sheriff: Woman’s body found in suitcase alongside river

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Wake County sheriff’s investigators on Allen Drive on Feb. 8, 2021. (Photo: CBS 17)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a woman’s body has been found inside a suitcase near a river.

Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker says a witness contacted Raleigh police Monday morning and reported seeing a body along a section of the Neuse River Trail.

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The case is being investigated as a homicide.

A cause of death wasn’t immediately released. Baker declined to say whether the body is that of 28-year-old Brittany Samone Smith, a pregnant woman who was reported missing Thursday.

Baker says the investigation is ongoing.