Coroner releases identity of woman found dead in south Columbus

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UPDATE: June 1, 6 p.m.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has charged Erica Escuadra with dumping the body of Jacqueline Powers in south Columbus. MORE INFO



The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a woman's body was found in south Columbus Wednesday.

The woman, identified as 45-year-old Jacqueline Powers by the Franklin County coroner, was found near Gantz Road and Big Run Road near a wooded area.

People living in the southwest Columbus neighborhood surrounding the crime scene say the discovery is unsettling.

Investigators said a passerby found the woman’s body around 1:42 p.m. State and county investigators are working to figure out how Powers died and how she ended up in a ditch on the side of Big Run Road.

The crime tape draped across Big Run Road is too close for comfort for some neighbors.

"It is disturbing it really is. I've got kids you know me and wife, we've lived here for about 10 years,” Jeff Erwin said.

Powers' body, covered in a blanket, brought out first responders to the area behind the King’s Creek neighborhood.

Investigators spent about four hours on Big Run Road near a wooded area Wednesday afternoon, though they haven’t said much more about what happened.

Near quiet King’s Creek, some neighbors are hoping for answers instead.

"She belonged to somebody that loved her,” Brenda Bernard said.

Powers' body was taken to the Franklin County Coroner's Office for an autopsy. A preliminary cause of death could come in the next few days.

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