YAKIMA — A homeless woman whose body was found near railroad tracks in Yakima was beaten to death, a coroner has ruled.
The body of Linda Berukoff, 58, was discovered last week with severe injuries to her face and head, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.
Her death was officially deemed a homicide as a result of blunt-force trauma to her head, after Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice conducted an autopsy Tuesday.
Evidence was also collected for a sexual-assault kit as part of the investigation, Curtice said.
A passerby walking near the railroad tracks discovered the body Thursday behind a stack of fruit bins, authorities said.
It is unclear if the woman was killed near the tracks, or if she had been killed elsewhere, authorities said.