AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Police are investigating the death of a woman found on S. Congress on Sunday morning.
Police said they originally received a call around 10:30 a.m. from a bystander to check on the welfare of someone in the 2700 block of S. Congress near Cumberland, which is near St. Edward's University.
A spokesperson for St. Edward's University said the incident did not happen on campus and they don't believe the person was a student at the school.
Witnesses could see the woman naked, with the exception of socks. The victim suffered trauma but detectives are not indicating how the woman may have died.
She does have obvious trauma to her body. that's why they're investigating it as a homicide," said Austin Police Corporal Anthony Hipolito. "They don't have anything to go on. They don't know how long she's been there, they don't know who she was with, we don't know where she was last seen."
Neighbors said they didn't know what happened, but some heard an argument in the area Saturday night.
"I went out last night. I saw people sitting there. Had no idea it could be a homicide," said Rick Melnick, who lives in the apartments behind where the body was found.
He said he wants to know what happened, but it doesn't make him feel any less safe.
"I don't feel threatened. I go out and do night photography all the time up and down South Congress," said Melnick. "I never felt threatened."
Tim Tobin saw police arrive and could see the body while working across the street at the Smart Mart convenience store. He wondered if he might know the victim.
"There's a lot of foot traffic, a lot of people walk around, recognize one another," he said.
Police investigated a killing in front of a nearby Autozone in July, and Tobin said someone robbed his store at gunpoint earlier in the year.
"It's not normal, but here lately we've got us a little hot streak. no doubt about that," he said, adding that he doesn't feel threatened. "I think overall it's safe, as long as you're minding your own business."
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