ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Investigators with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department are trying to figure out what happened to a woman found dead, face down and nude in a ditch in Albuquerque's North Valley Friday.
The woman, who is believed to be in her 20s, was found near Edith Boulevard and Vineyard Road NE Friday morning.
Deputies said she has a very distinguishable tattoo that says "por vida" across her chest. (See photo.)
The woman had several cuts and scratches, but investigators said it's possible they could have been caused by her floating down the canal.
Detectives also checked an area of the canal about a mile from the location where the woman was found. Neighbors there said they heard gunshots around midnight.
Blood was found along the side of the canal and will be tested to see if matches the dead woman.
The Office of the Medical Investigator also will test to see whether the woman was sexually assaulted and is working to determine the cause of death..
Medical investigators also were able to obtain fingerprints from the body. Investigators are trying to match those prints to try and identify the woman.
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