Update 7:40 p.m. Tuesday
The Champaign County sheriff's office is treating the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday morning as a murder.
A woman's body has been found along a road just northwest of Champaign.
Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said a motorist en route to work about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday saw a body along Rising Road just north of Bradley Avenue. He said investigators are treating the death as a homicide, but would not release much information.
“I have no reason to believe the body had been there more than a day, and my personal assumption is that the body had been there less than a day,” Walsh said.
Walsh said the woman's body was about 100 feet off the road. He said a preliminary description is that of a light-skinned woman between 5 feet 2 and 5 feet 5 inches, with dark hair and between 20 and 40 years old. Walsh asked that if anyone knows of someone who is missing who matches the description to call the sheriff's office at 384-1213.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Walsh said investigators from his office, along with the coroner's office and Champaign Police Department, are at the scene.
While Rising Road remained closed between Bradley and Cardinal Road for most of the day due to the investigation, the road had reopened by Tuesday evening.