MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — The mysterious death of a young woman in Mechanicsville is now being investigated as murder.
8News obtained video a neighbor took Tuesday night as Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant on a home the victim Reena Jadav shared with her husband.
Reena’s body was discovered the day before in a neighbor’s yard about a block away.
“It was very shocking to wake up and see a body laying in the backyard,” neighbor Albert Alexander told 8News.
At least three other neighbors reported hearing a shrill, but short scream hours before, but after seeing nothing outside their windows, they dismissed it. It’ s a decision they’re now second guessing.
According to the medical examiner, the 30-year-old Mechanicsville woman died of blunt force trauma. But at this point, there have been no arrests and no suspects named.
“It’s nerve wrecking, but I guess eventually they will catch the person or persons who did it,” adds Alexander.
Sheriff’s deputies are stepping up patrols in the neighborhood to help reassure residents who are on edge while they methodically piece together the tragic details of this young woman’s death.
“Nothing in this investigation has lead us to believe that anyone is in any danger right now,” says Sgt. James Cooper, “But again we would just ask for them to be vigilant and if they see something out of the ordinary, to please contact us.”
On Wednesday night, deputies met with residents of the Honey Meadows community to help put their fears to rest.