ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo.(KMOX)-UPDATE:  We now know the name of the woman whose body was found Tuesday morning at 6:30 on the side of the roadway in the 200 block of Wachtel Avenue in South St. Louis County.

Paramedics responded and pronounced 26 year old Charley Smalley dead at the scene. Police also say that an autopsy on Smalley revealed no injuries to her body.  Toxicology

results are pending. The cause of death remains unknown at the time.


ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) –  St. Louis County police are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body in a south St. Louis street early Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to the 200 block of Wachtel Ave. just off Lemay Ferry Rd. around 6:30 am.

The body of a woman believed to be in her 20’s or 30’s was found lying in the street.

“There does not appear to be any signs of physical injury,” said Sgt. James McWilliams. “Right now we do not know the cause of death. Only the medical examiner can determine that.”

A nearby resident who gave her name as “Chris” told KMOX News that she’s seen a shocking rise in drug-related activity in her neighborhood in recent years, especially concerning heroin.

She won’t be surprised if drugs played a role in the woman’s death.

“We have a park a half a block away,” she said. “The last thing I want is for a kid to step on a dirty needle, pick it up, poke their skin…have my dog step on it, me step on it.”

img 5682 UPDATE: Womans Body Identified


The body of a young woman was found this morning on a south county street.

Little was known at this early point in the investigation other than about 6:30 this morning St. Louis county detectives were called here to the 200 block of Wachtel Avenue off Lemay Ferry Rd. within a short walk of River City Casino.

A woman believed to be in her 20’s or 30’s was found lying in the street. Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma to the victim. Now, they’ll await a medical examiner’s report.

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