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Winston-Salem death investigation now being investigated as homicide, police say

Maria Del Carmen Cedillo Figueroa's body was found in the 4000 block of High Point Road on Monday.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — According to a release from the Winston-Salem Police Department, the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that Maria Del Carmen Cedillo Figueroa, 28, died as a result of a gunshot wound. 

Due to the fact, police now say the death investigation is now being investigated as a homicide. 

On Monday, officers got an “unknown trouble” call indicating that a passerby had found a dead person on the side of the roadway in the 4000 block of High Point Road. 

Officers responded to the scene to investigate and discovered a woman lying on the side of the roadway as reported. The woman was identified as Maria Del Carmen Cedillo Figueroa.

Preliminary investigative findings indicated that foul play was likely involved in the incident at the time, police stated. 

The death of  Figueroa marks the 26th homicide to be reported in Winston-Salem in 2020. 27 homicides had occurred in the same timeframe of 2019, police said. 

The Winston-Salem Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding this investigation contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800.