Charlotte Powell cold case reopened 27 years after her murder

Charlotte Powell's body was found on Dec. 8, 1987 in a wooded area of Leesburg. Photo: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

(WJLA) - Nearly 27 years after her remains were found in a wooded Loudoun County area, authorities are reopening their investigation into who killed a 27-year-old woman.

The remains of Charlotte Powell were found in a wooded area off Shreve Mill Road in Leesburg on Dec. 8, 1987, five months after she was reported missing by her family. Authorities believe she was raped and murdered, but the case went cold.

Loudoun County Sheriff's officials believe Powell lived in Pennsylvania and the time but was known to hitchhike throughout the D.C. Metro area.

"(We) believe with the passage of time, someone may be willing to come forward with information that may be the key to solving this cold case and help bring a sense of closure to the Powell family," Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said in a statement.

Anyone with information on Powell's death can call 703-777-0475.