MAYFIELD, N.Y. -- Police say they have identified the woman whose body was found naked in a remote area in Mayfield on Monday morning.
Officials have identified the victim as a local mother in her early 50's, who was "pretty well known." They have not released her name, pending notification of family members.
The sheriff tells NEWS10 they will be executing a search warrant at the home of a "male component in the relationship" in the area on Tuesday afternoon.
Three sanitation workers found the body in brush off of County Highway 123, near Tyrell Road, around 10:30 a.m. Monday. Police say they believe the woman had been dead for less than 24-hours by the time she was discovered.
Authorities are labeling the woman's death as suspicious, saying she had bruises on numerous parts of her body.
The area where the body was located is very steep, narrow, and not well lit. Sheriff Thomas Lorey told NEWS10, "I think that's why she was here. It's a quiet area. Obviously whoever is responsible had time to do whatever he did."
Lorey tells NEWS10 on Tuesday that there has been a positive side note to this horrible story. After the unidentified woman's body was discovered yesterday, the Fulton County Sheriff's Department began receiving dozens of calls from local residents who all had missing loved ones whom they feared could be this woman.
Lorey says investigators were able to match up these families to their missing loved ones, who have all been determined as safe and sound.
An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday morning in Albany.
There will be a press conference at 4:00 p.m. at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office in reference to the investigation.
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