VANCOUVER -- A dead woman found along SR 503 in Battle GroundFriday has been identified as 22-year-old Tatyana Tupikova, and she was apparently the victim of a hit-and-run, police said.

Tupikova lived in Battle Ground and had been missing since Wednesday night, but she was not reported missing until Thursday, according to Bonnie Gilberti of the Battle Ground Police Department.

Clark County dispatchers said someone walking in the area saw her body in a ditch near Main Street.

An autopsy was performed Saturday and the cause of death was found to be blunt force trauma

The investigation reveals that the victim was an apparent pedestrian who was possibly struck by a vehicle, Gilberti said. At this time, Battle Ground Police are investigating the incident as a hit-and-run.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Joshua Phelps at (360) 342-5254.

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