Body found in drainage ditch identified

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  WREG obtained a picture of Cekia Armstrong, a woman found lying lifeless in a ditch Friday afternoon.

Neighbors said the 39-year-old victim was shot and lying naked in a drainage canal.

No one, who was interviewed by WREG in the Whitehaven area where she was found, knew Armstrong.

People who lived near a previously listed address for the victim in East Memphis claimed not to know her either.

WREG discovered through court records Armstrong had some run-ins with the law.

Neighbors told WREG children play in the neighborhood ditch all of the time, and two young boys found Armstrong’s lifeless body.

“Pretty much you can’t explain to them,” Sandra Joseph said. “They just know somebody was found dead over there.  That’s somebody’s loves one, you know somebody done took her life probably over something petty.”

Neighbors in Whitehaven said no one deserves what happened to Armstrong.

“You wouldn’t want the same thing to happen to one of your loved ones, so you shouldn’t treat a dog the way you treated her,” said Janie Exum.

Police are still investigating this case and have not made any arrests.


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