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Police ID body found under bridge

Posted July 21, 2008

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— Human remains found in a ravine below the Grove Street bridge have been identified as those of a homeless woman, Fayetteville police said Monday.

Casandra Parker Manor, 40, lived under the bridge, police said. Her cause of death was ruled as an accidental drowning. Police said they believe she fell into the ravine.

On Friday, crews recovered her remains, which had been found a day earlier at the bottom of a 12- to 15-foot ravine under the bridge.

A homeless man reported the smell and sight of remains, police said.

Attempts to retrieve the remains were unsuccessful Thursday because dirt repeatedly caved in on the site as crews closed in, police said.

The Fayetteville Fire Department's Collapse, Search and Rescue Unit shored up the walls of the ravine to gain access to the area.

Authorities were able to determine that the remains belonged to a white woman and had been in the ravine for about four days.

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  • SunnyNc35 Jul 21, 2008

    Sad Life, Sad Death...Hopefully she is being comforted by The Almighty right now...

  • hckeyfan22 Jul 21, 2008

    It is terribly sad, and agree to a certain point about the coverage. One difference in this story and the ones you compared to is that the other 2 were murders. I will pray for the family also in this case but just not the best comparison, although it is so sad either way.

  • djofraleigh Jul 21, 2008

    Like it or not, the homeless, with no one wondering where she was, no one pushing the police to find out who/how of this, get less service than someone like the missing Cary woman or military woman. That's human nature and the squeaky wheel does get the grease. The police will do their job, but clues will be hard to come by with someone without steady people to report on her habits and comings and goings.

  • letsroll65 Jul 21, 2008

    So sad, praying for the family.