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Woman's body found in woods in Howard Co. identified

Police identified the body of a homeless woman found in a wooded area of Laurel on Sunday, Howard County officials said Monday.

The body of Staci Marie Watkins, 49, was found in the 9000 block of Route 1 by a man who was walking near the woods, police said. The cause of her death will be determined by an autopsy.

There were "no obvious signs of foul play," police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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