Albertville Police identified a woman found dead at an apartment complex on Saturday.
Assistant police chief Jamie Smith said 28-year-old Anshika Ronae Radford was attacked and killed at Governors Place Apartments on George Wallace Drive.
"She was a resident there at the apartments and from what I understand, an employee of Tyson Foods here in Albertville," Smith said.
The Forensic Science Lab in Huntsville completed a preliminary autopsy, but did not determine the exact cause of death.
"It doesn't ever matter the circumstances or the method used," Smith said.
"It's just an unfortunate [reality] in our society, today."
Smith said it has been a couple of years since there has been an incident of this magnitude in Albertville.
Police went to Radford's apartment Saturday to conduct a welfare check, after friends said they had not seen her for several days.
"We have developed a few leads, and our detectives along with some other agencies' investigators are working very, very hard.
"They've already put in a lot of hours on it and more are to be expected, but we're trying to bring some closure to it," Smith said.
Investigators from the Marshall County District Attorney's office are also working the case.
If you have any information about the crime, please call Albertville Police at (256) 878-1212.