Death of woman whose body was found in creek near her home considered ‘suspicious’

Deputies are trying to solve a mystery around a woman found dead in a creek bed near her home.

Coroner’s investigators identified the woman as 64-year-old Lavetta Kirk.

She was reported missing Monday, and then on Tuesday deputies were called back. That’s when a a K-9 team found her body in a creek in a wooded area.

A 911 concerned caller said, “I’ve been calling her phone and haven’t got an answer, haven’t heard from her.”

That call had dispatchers sending Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies from a Jefferson Twp. substation to Kirk’s Kimmel Lane home.

A neighbor provided a clue they needed, an item that belonged to her, which is how the K-9 was able to track her scent.

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Sheriff Rob Streck said Kirk’s body was found in a creek that runs through a wooded area about 150 feet from her house.

“She was she was dressed is suspicious to us,” Streck said.

However, he wouldn’t say more about that.

He said there were no obvious signs of a homicide, and that investigators are checking accidental causes of death and possible medical problems, too, but so far it is considered a suspicious death.

Family members said they last saw Kirk on Sunday and that she’d been out with another person.

The sheriff said detectives have talked to that person.

“I can’t get into exactly what the person said, but they’ve been helpful with us in terms of figuring out when something happened or occurred,” Streck said.

Detectives are examining everything they found when Kirk’s body was discovered, as well as interviewing those close to her. They will continue to treat her death as suspicious until they can rule out foul play.

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