Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville workers discovered a woman's body out in the open on Neptune Drive near Fort Bragg around 8 a.m. Friday, according to police.
The woman was identified Friday afternoon as 21-year-old Carrie Marie Welch of Rhew Street in Fayetteville, police said.
"We are definitely treating this as a homicide," police spokesman Dan Grubb said
Grubb said Welch was murdered sometime after midnight, but declined to say how it appeared the woman died.
Workers from Fayetteville's city-owned utility company, the Public Works Commission, found the body while doing work along an abandoned dirt road adjacent to where Interstate 295 is under construction at Bragg Boulevard.
They told police the woman's body was just off the road, in plain view.
People who work in the area say the abandoned road has been a magnet for unwanted visitors.
“It’s pretty much like a hot spot for the female prostitutes to bring their guys back here,” said David Leyhew, who works at a nearby auto parts store.
"I know the Public Works Commission has said they have had a problem with lots of cars that have been coming and going and loitering back here and things of that nature, so we're looking into that as well," Grubb said.
PWC workers declined to comment to WRAL News as they left the job site.