Body found in hills identified

Cherissa Davidson

Cherissa Davidson

A body found in the hills off Deer Run Road late Friday afternoon has been identified as a 29-year-old Sparks woman and authorities are calling her death a homicide.

According to Sheriff Ken Furlong, an autopsy performed Saturday morning on Cherissa J. Davidson, also known as Cherissa Parker, revealed she suffered 11 stab wounds before someone tossed her body over a steep ravine some three miles into the hills off Deer Run Road.

Furlong said it doesn't appear that Davidson, whose shoeless body was found dressed in tan capris and a black tank top, was killed in the area.

A scrap metal hunter discovered Davidson's body and called police about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Furlong said investigators were scrambling Saturday morning to find Davidson's

3-month old son after a Carson City inmate claimed he had fathered the child with Davidson.

About 4 p.m. the child was located unharmed at Davidson's Sparks home.

Davidson's two other children were also found unharmed and the three are in state custody, said Furlong.

Sparks Police is conducting its own investigation into Davidson's death.

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