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The identity and cause of death of a woman found deceased in a historic Johnson County cemetery remains to be determined, Johnson County Sheriff Adam King said.

Johnson County Jail inmate work crew members discovered the partially decomposed corpse about 11:55 a.m. in Marystown Cemetery on West Bethesda Road.

Deputies, JCSO crime scene and officials from the medical examiners responded to the scene.

King described the victim as a white female who appears to be about 40. Although a time frame has yet to be established, King said it appears the woman was there three to five days.

An autopsy is scheduled for today and the death is being treated as a murder until proven otherwise.

More than 90 cemeteries dot the county ranging in size from fairly large down to several with one to five graves. The Johnson County Cemetery Association works to care for cemeteries not otherwise maintained by cities and JCSO inmate work crews, as they have for years, assist with mowing, weeding and other upkeep.

King said he’s not sure when the crew last mowed Marystown Cemetery.

“We try to get to these cemeteries as often as possible but there’s too many to get to all of them on a weekly basis,” King said. “I know they get a more or less depending on the weather and we’ve had a lot of rain this year. But I’m not sure right now when they were last at that particular cemetery."

The cemetery dates to the 1850s, according to the Johnson County website, when people traveling through on wagons settled along the banks of Crill Miller Creek. Marystown had a post office from 1874 to 1901 but the cemetery and a Baptist church are now all that remains of the former town.

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