Police investigate after woman found dead in car

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

At approximately 3 a.m. on March 9, Marshville police discovered the body of a woman inside of a vehicle in the 200 block of South White Street.

Officers had been originally dispatched to the area in reference to a possible car crash but found a white Chrysler sedan stopped against the curb when they arrived.

Alicia Sligh, 34, of 507 East Union Street, Marshville, was found dead in the driver’s seat and had an injury to her head caused by an unknown object, according to a statement from the Marshville Police Department.

“We’d like anybody who had contact with her in the hours prior to her discovery to call Union County Crime Stoppers,” Marshville Police Chief Carl Webber, said.

Marshville police with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Union County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident as a homicide. Sligh is survived by her husband, Reginald Allen, two children and other family members, according to the Marshville Police Department statement.

As of Tuesday morning, they were still waiting on the results of an autopsy and officers were out further investigating the incident, Webber said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.

“Union County Crime Stoppers will pay up to  $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest,” Reid Helms, president of Union County Crime Stoppers, said.

According to a statement Tuesday afternoon from the Marshville Police Department, investigators had received information from the Medical Examiner indicating that the injury Sligh sustained was a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the NC State Bureau of Investigation continued to assist Marshville officers in devloping leads in the case although no suspect had yet been identified.