Coroner identifies woman found dead behind Rock Hill shopping center

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 15, 2014 

— The woman found dead in the woods behind a Rock Hill shopping center has been identified as Laurie O'Berry, 52, authorities said on Wednesday.

O'Berry's body was discovered sometime Tuesday afternoon behind the Honeybaked Ham Co. at The Market on North Cherry Road, police said.

Police were following up on a missing person's report from the day before when they got a tip that her bicycle was locked to a telephone pole behind the shopping plaza. Officers searched the area and found O'Berry's body in the creek, according to Rock Hill Police Department spokesman Mark Bollinger.

On Monday, O'Berry's sister told police O'Berry was last seen on Friday at her Ellen Avenue home, but had not been home for several days, according to a Rock Hill police report.

O'Berry was scheduled to move across the street with her neighbor, but did not show up when it was time to move, the report states. A young boy in the neighborhood told the sister that he last saw O'Berry's bicycle behind the Subway restaurant on Cherry Road.

Witnesses told police that they noticed O'Berry's bicycle from time-to-time this year, but had not seen her recently, the report states.

Authorities do not suspect any foul play in connection with her death.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said Wednesday morning that O'Berry's cause of death is still under investigation. Officials are still awaiting results from the autopsy and toxicology reports.

Check back later for more details.

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