Photo: Asheville Citizen-Times
Sabian Warren, Asheville Citizen-Times
CHEROKEE - Police say they suspect foul play in the death of a woman whose body was found in a burned car and are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
The body of Marie Walkingstick Pheasant, 26, of Cherokee, was found in a burned car Sunday afternoon on Old Rock Crusher Road in the Big Cove community on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Cherokee Indian Police Department officials said in a news release.
Cherokee police along with the SBI and FBI continue to investigate the death. Police believe the vehicle burned Sunday morning.
"The senseless loss of life is always tragic," Cherokee police chief Ben Reed said. "Hopefully someone saw or heard something that can bring more evidence to light. Like all cases of this nature, it's going to be difficult, but I have confidence in our officers, our community, and most certainly my Lord. I don't know where the people involved in this disgusting crime stand with the Lord, but I do know that the scriptures say the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. Please pray for our community. "
Anyone with information should call Det. Jason Cable at 788-5608.