Woman found dead on playground near Hamilton Rd. in Columbus identified

Woman found dead on playground near Hamilton Rd. in Columbus identified

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus’ 9th and 10th homicides both happened on Wednesday. Both took place in the early morning hours.

The Muscogee County Coroner’s Office released the name of the victim who was found dead at a playground.

Authorities say the woman, 33-year-old Kimberly Tarver of Columbus, was shot at least twice. How she ended up at this park near Jordan High School is still a mystery. There are no suspects yet, but Columbus detectives are trying to find witnesses.

It all started Wednesday around 5:30 a.m.

“There was an individual that knocked on the fire station’s door, which was next door to the playground, and informed them that someone was fixing to get shot," says Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan "The EMS and firefighters walked out of the station about that time. They heard three or four gunshots.”

Bryan says his office and Columbus police spent almost eight hours on scene at the park near 33rd Street and Hamilton Road. Police said the body was found on the playground.

“That would be the body of Ms. Kim Tarver who has now been identified and her relatives have been notified by the coroner’s office.” said Columbus Police Department’s Major JD Hawk.

The coroner says Tarver died from multiple gunshot wounds.

“The homicide unit is investigating the case, trying to find any leads we can to determine why the individual was there and what actually happened," says Hawk.

As for person who knocked on the fire station’s door, Bryan says they may have the answers police are looking for.

“That person left the scene," Bryan says. "We wish they’d stayed and maybe they could give us some more information.”

Anyone with information on Tarver’s death is being asked to come forward.

“What if it was your daughter, or your son, your sister, brother or mother?” Bryan asked. "You would want to know. So they need to come forward. They don’t need to be scared. They can keep their identity private. But it is important to help these detectives try to solve these crimes.”

Anyone with information on Tarver’s death, why she was in the park, is asked to please contact Columbus policr at (706) 653-3400.

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