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Chesapeake Police look for evidence in wooded area where missing woman's body found

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Posted at 9:29 AM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 23:04:05-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Thursday morning, law enforcement combed through the wooded area in Chesapeake where 61-year-old Laura Miles’ body was found Monday.

Miles was missing under suspicious circumstances and then found dead in the wooded area next to Taylor Bend Family YMCA off Taylor Road near Clover Road.

More than 60 Chesapeake officers and sheriff deputies spent more than two hours looking for any evidence that could help them solve the homicide.

"Arm in arm, they walked this entire patch of woods. They had sticks for clearing debris, looking for anything that may lead to learning what happened to this woman," said Public Information Officer Leo Kosinski.

Detectives previously said they are treating her death as a homicide but said there is no suspect information at this time.

The wife and mother lived in New York but was temporarily staying in Chesapeake for work.

Miles was reported missing after her vehicle was located away from her home and place of work in a location she didn't normally go. As News 3 learned Tuesday, her black truck was found about a quarter of a mile away from her Chesapeake home at an apartment complex across the street from the YMCA.

The Chesapeake Police Department is asking for the public's help in reporting any sightings of activity involving Miles' vehicle the morning of May 17 between 4 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Residents who live in the area of Clover Meadow Drive, Clover Road and Bangor Drive are encouraged to check their home surveillance systems for any potential video of suspicious activity.

"Anybody who saw or heard anything, no matter how insignificant they think it may be, please reach out to the Chesapeake Police Department Criminal Investigation Section. You can contact them at 382-6556, or if you wish to remain anonymous, please call the Crime Line, and that's 1-888-LOCK-U-UP," said Kosinski.

With the help of the community, police say they will continue to follow the evidence and work to give Miles' family closure.