- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Police are investigating why it took a week and a half to begin investigating a report into a missing woman who was later found dead.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (https://bit.ly/1B8ZUfA) Katie Barham left her Portsmouth apartment late on May 27 and headed to the building’s laundry room.

Two weeks later, a woman’s remains were found in a wooded area behind a row of businesses, about 300 yards from the apartment on the Chesapeake and Portsmouth border. Police on Friday identified the remains as Barham’s.

Portsmouth police are now trying to find out what happened in those 13 days, and why the department waited so long before investigating the report that she was missing.

Barham’s boyfriend made the report on May 28. Her case wasn’t assigned to a detective until Monday.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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