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Foul play suspected in death of Cherokee Woman

Victim identified as Marie Walkingstick Pheasant

Victim identified as Marie Walkingstick Pheasant

The following press release has been issued by Cherokee Indian Police Department

On 12/29/13, at approximately 1:10 pm, CIPD officers were dispatched to the scene of a burned vehicle on Old Rock Crusher Road in the Big Cove community on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. A body was found in the burned vehicle and on December 31, 2013, the body was identified to be 26 year-old Marie Walkingstick Pheasant.

Foul play is suspected and the Cherokee Indian Police Department (CIPD), the NC State Bureau of Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, will continue to actively investigate this crime. 

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Marie. The vehicle was burned throughout the early morning hours of Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Persons with information about this crime are asked to call Cherokee Indian Police Department Detective Jason Cable at 828-788-5608.

Chief of Police Ben Reed stated, “The senseless loss of life is always tragic. 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. ”

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