The Onslow County Sheriff's office says they are investigating a potential homicide after a woman's body was found in South West Creek.
According to Sheriff Hans Miller, deputies and county EMS responded Friday evening after dark to a call of a woman's body found in a creek near Foy Lockamy Road.
Residents say her body was discovered by two fisherman.
The Sheriff's office has not yet released the identity of the woman found. However, we spoke with family members who said the woman is 24-year-old Angela Ward. Her cousin Quatin Parker said it wasn't out of the ordinary for Ward to take walks in the woods by herself.
"She took walks, and she would come over here and see us."
Other family members remember Ward as being a caring, wonderful person, who was very family oriented.
"She was a sweet person and I'm going to miss her. We're all going to miss her. She was very nice and I just wish she was still here." said cousin Nancy Abercrombie.
Family members confirmed that Ward was taking some sort of prescription drug. The sheriff says they suspect the death may be medically related. At this point investigators found no signs of a struggle or foul play.
As part of the sheriff's office protocol, deputies still plan to investigate this case as a potential homicide.
Investigators are now performing what Sheriff Miller calls a "psychological autopsy" to get more information about Ward and her past.
The medical autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Abercrombie asked for everyone to keep her cousin and family in their prayers during this difficult time.
Ward leaves behind numerous family members and her 10-year-old son.