CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—The Chesterfield County Police Department is investigating the suspicious death of a teenage girl, who was found under the Dundas Road overpass early Tuesday morning.
Around 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 14, 18-year-old Alyna D. Davis, of Chesterfield, was discovered under the overpass, not far from Jefferson Davis Highway. She was fully clothed, there were no signs of trauma on her body, and a cause of death has not yet been determined. Police are calling her death a mystery.
Just a few months ago, a family member wished Davis a happy birthday on Facebook and told her they were proud of her, saying in part, "to keep your head up n always strive for the best."
Now, family and friends are sharing their pain and memories of the teen on social media.
One person wrote, "She was a very smart fun loving out going young lady.that loved her family very much and would give u the shirt off her back."
According to Chesterfield Police, Davis had been out with friends on Monday night, and was last seen around 12 a.m. Tuesday. Now, officers are trying to piece together what happened in the four and a half hours before her body was discovered.
"It appeared that either she jumped off the bridge or that she'd been hit by a vehicle, maybe knocked off the bridge," said Lieutenant David Shand of the Chesterfield Police Department. "But that's not the case; there would be signs of trauma if that had occurred."
The road below the overpass where Davis was found is lined by train tracks and leads to government property. An employee of the U.S. Defense Supply Center saw Davis' body on the median around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and called police. Security officers had performed routine patrols in the area at 3 a.m. and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.
James Gentry's house backs up to the area where Davis was found.
"It's just weird they didn't find anything wrong with the young lady," Gentry said. "It's a shame, it's a travesty, an 18-year-old young woman to be found back here, dead."
Gentry has lived in the area for a year and was shocked to learn of the teen's death.
"There's nothing back there, no reason for anyone to be back there," he said. "The road doesn't lead anywhere."
Meanwhile, detectives say they've been talking to Davis' friends and family, trying to figure out what happened.
"18-year-olds don't just normally die," Shand said. "That's what's suspicious about it, without any signs of trauma."
When Davis was found, she did not have a cell phone on her. At this point, Police say they'll just have to wait for the medical examiner's report on what exactly caused her death.
Anyone with information pertaining to Davis' death is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.
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