UPDATE: Police identify dead woman found along Carefree Highway

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PEORIA -- Police have identified the woman whose body was found on the side of a highway near Lake Pleasant Thursday morning.

Investigation under way

Woman's body found along road near Lake Pleasant - The Department of Public Safety, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Peoria police are investigating a grisly discovery -- a woman's body found on the side of the road.

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Investigators say the victim is Elizabeth Alvarez. They believe the 20-year-old was shot to death.

A long stretch of the Carefree highway was shut down for hours after a couple of people on their way to work spotted Alvarez' body on the side of the road about a mile from Lake Pleasant.

Anybody who know what might have led up to Alvarez' death is asked to contact the Peoria Police Department.

ORIGINAL STORY: Woman's body found along road near Lake Pleasant

LAKE PLEASANT -- The Department of Public Safety, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Peoria police are investigating a grisly discovery -- a woman's body found on the side of the Carefree Highway. A long stretch of the highway, which is also known as State Route 74, was shut down for the investigation.

The call came in at about 6 a.m. Thursday.

According to Mike Tellef of the Peoria Police Department, two people who were headed to work spotted the body some 20 feet off the side of the road about a mile away from Lake Pleasant.

Investigators have very little information at this time. All they have confirmed is that the body is that of a woman in her 20s. She was fully clothed and had on high heels.

Tellef said it appears that she was dumped at the scene.

"We don't know what the cause of death was yet," he said. "It's in the very early stages. When we don't have any witnesses ... it takes us a little more time to get things put together."

There was an incident in Phoenix that might be related to the discovery of the body. Tellef said Phoenix police got a call from a very distraught female who reported witnessing a shooting.

Tellef said the separate calls came in at about the same time. Detectives from Phoenix and Peoria are trying to determine if the two incidents are indeed tied together.

Anybody who might have seen anything or who knows of a young woman who might be missing is asked to contact the Peoria Police Department.