UPDATE: Death of Martinsville woman found near bank ruled a homicide

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The death of Martinsville woman Katherine White Likens has been ruled a homicide.

Martinsville Police say the cause of her death has been determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Likens was reported missing just after noon on Thursday.

Her body was later found in the wooded area in between Ellsworth Street and Cleveland Avenue.

That's right near BB&T Bank.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to (276)-403-5301 or the Crime Stoppers line at (276)-632-7463.


Police have identified the woman who's body was found near a bank in Martinsville as Katherine White Likens.

Likens was found in a wooded area in between Ellsworth Street and Cleveland Avenue.

Authorities say due to the unusual location, the area was treated as a crime scene.

Likens' body has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for evidence collection and to determine the official cause of death.

Several investigators are continuing to track down leads received from the public.

Anyone with information can call Sgt. Richard Ratcliffe or Sgt. Chris Boblett at (276)-403-5301 or the Crime Stoppers line at (276)-632-7463.

Martinsville police have confirmed a woman's body was found in a wooded area behind BB&T Bank near Cleveland Avenue and Ellsworth Street.

Chief Eddie Cassady said a middle-aged white female was found around 4:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Right now the woman's identity has not been released while police work to notify next of kin.

Investigators are conducting interviews and continuing to gather evidence.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.