Woman's Body Dumped Beside I-565

Feb. 4, 2005

A disturbing discovery early this morning: a woman's body is wrapped in a blanket and dumped along Interstate 565. The body has been sent for an autopsy.

Police say the woman is 41-year-old Judy Ann Donaldson of Huntsville, a known prostitute nicknamed "Puppy." However, police still need to know how she died and how she got there.

The sighting of a body here along one of North Alabama's busiest arteries caused quite a stir early this morning for passing drivers. A driver spotted something alongside I-565. It turned out to be a woman's body.

The Huntsville woman's body was wrapped in a blanket lying next to the pavement westbound near the Wall-Triana exit. Police quickly secured the scene. They borrowed a fire truck to get up high, taking pictures for evidence.

Investigators are treating this case as a homicide, meanwhile drivers said they couldn't believe the discovery:

Witnesses say although the woman was in a blanket she appeared to be fully clothed underneath. She reportedly was even wearing high heels. Investigators are still looking for clues. Other than identity, they know little else, including how she died.

Police hope some of you may have seen something. They hope someone will come forward very soon with answers.

The body has already been sent to the North Alabama Forensics Lab. Investigators hope an autopsy will accurately reveal how this woman died.

If you have any information, please contact the Madison Police Department at 256-772-5600.