Woman Found Dead In Gastonia Identified, No Foul Play Suspected

The Latest (4/12/22):

The Gastonia Police Department say they have identified the woman who was found dead on March 11.

Police say the woman is 65-year-old Veronica Cunningham of Columbia, South Carolina.

Cunningham was last seen in Richland County, South Carolina on March 5 and reported missing by her family soon after. Through the investigation, detectives discovered that she was last seen alive at the Quick Trio gas station, located on West Franklin Boulevard, in Gastonia on March 6.

It was determined by authorities that there was no foul play suspected in Cunningham’s death.

Original Story (3/16/22):

GASTONIA, N.C. — Investigators released photos of a sixty to seventy-year-old woman’s tattoos on Wednesday in an attempt to identify her after her body was discovered in Gastonia on March 11th.

Detectives are asking the public for any information that may help identify the woman.

On March 11th, officers say they responded to a home on S. Dixie Street around 5 p.m. for the report of an unresponsive person lying outside.

At the scene, officers discovered a woman dead.

She is described as 5 feet 4 inches, 155 pounds, with shoulder-length grey hair.

Detectives say she was found wearing a denim button-up long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and brown boots.

She has a tattoo of a flower on her left breast and a tattoo of what appears to be an eagle on her upper right back.

Detectives say a black elbow brace and wrist or elbow wrap was also found near the woman’s body.

At this time, detectives say they do not suspect foul play.

Anyone with information on the woman’s identity is asked to call detectives at 704-854-6651 or 704-866-6939.