Investigators on Thursday identified the body of a woman found in a Montgomery County cornfield as 26-year-old Natalie Marella from Ambler.
Her decomposing body was discovered on Wednesday morning by a farmer who was cutting hay in a field on Little Road in New Hanover Township.
An autopsy has been performed but investigators don't have enough information yet to say how Marella died, according to a statement put out by the District Attorney. They're waiting for results of toxicology testing.
Marella went to visit her grandmother in Ambler on Sunday night, and that is the last time family members say they saw her. NBC10's Deanna Durante talked to Marella's aunt and grandmother, who say Natalie was a young, energetic woman. They desperately want to know what happened to her.
"I have no idea what she was doing there. None," said her grandmother, Elizabeth Marella. The aunt says Natalie didn't have any friends in New Hanover and that she didn't work there. Marella wanted to be a nurse, according to the family, but took a break from nursing school recently. They say she was suffering seizures from a serious car accident she had three years ago.
"She was a good girl," her aunt, Karen Marella said.
Investigators do not believe that Marella died in the field. They think someone dumped her body there. They're investigating tire tracks near the field and also putting together a timeline of where Natalie was and who she was with, leading up to her death.