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POLICE: Body found on Helton Drive Thursday identified

FLORENCE, Ala. — After speaking with State Forensics and notifying family, the Florence Police Department has released the name of the person whose body was found on Helton Drive on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Chrysty Lynn Copeland, a 39-year-old female from Florence.

The woman’s body has been submitted for an autopsy, and no cause of death has been determined.

“Due to the extreme decay of the deceased we will rely on forensics and evidence collected at the scene to determine the direction of the investigation,” wrote Sgt. Brad Holmes of the Florence PD in an email. “This investigation is ongoing and detectives have worked throughout the day speaking with acquaintances and family members of the deceased in an effort to establish timelines in this case.”

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