Body of Chapel Hill woman found in downtown Raleigh parking deck

From staff reportsJune 21, 2012 

A woman's body was found in a downtown parking deck early Thursday morning.

— The body of a 46-year-old woman was found early Thursday in the stairwell of a parking deck near the Raleigh Convention Center.

Police were called to the deck at 128 W. South St. about 6:45 a.m., but investigators found no signs of foul play in Miriam Hazelene Scott’s death, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

The neighborhood on Tripp Farm Road where Scott lived is in Carrboro but has a Chapel Hill address. Sgt. Tony Frye of the Carrboro Police Department canvassed the subdivision Thursday afternoon, asking the residents whether they knew whether Scott had family.

Frye could not be reached for comment Thursday, but neighbors described Scott as a very private single mother who moved into the neighborhood with her son about 10 years ago.

Sughrue said her remains were taken to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill for an autopsy to determine how she died.

Staff writer Thomasi McDonald

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