Police in Pennsylvania identified Friday the decomposed body of a woman found on the side of a highway earlier this week. Authorities determined the body belonged to 33-year-old Laura Ingalls-Hood. 

Through an autopsy performed earlier in the week, police said they were able to confirm she had been killed. No other details were released regarding Hood's death and authorities asked anyone who might have information to call state police at (724) 832-3240.

Hood's body was discovered Monday by a group of people working near Route 711 near Mirror Lake, an area about 50 miles away from Pittsburgh. She was wearing black workout pants and a red shirt. It appeared the body had been there for at least a week, a corner told the Johnson Tribune-Democrat when it was found.

It remained unclear whether Hood died at the scene where she was found or if her body was put there. Police declined to release additional details until they had investigated further.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 9 Pennsylvania Police identified a body found earlier in the week as Laura Ingalls-Hood. Photo: Facebook/Laura Ingalls-Hood

Two young female joggers last August were killed in separate incidents in New York and Massachusetts. Karina Vetrano, 30, was jogging near her home in Howard Beach, New York, but never returned. Her body was later found among the weeds off the running trail she was on, beaten and half-naked. After a months-long search, police finally arrested 20-year-old Chanel Lewis for her death. Lewis said in court statements that he was angry at the time and "lost it" when he saw Vetrano running down the path.

"She didn't do anything," he said. "I was just mad at the time. I beat her to let emotions out. I didn't really mean to hurt her. It just happened."

That same month, the body of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was found near her mother's house in Princeton, Massachusetts. Marcotte, a Google employee who lived in New York City but was visiting her mother in Massachusetts, left to go for a jog but never returned. Her body was found in a wooded area about a half-mile from her mother's house. 

Police arrested a suspect in Marcotte's death in April. Angelo Colon Ortiz, 31, was identified by way of DNA taken at the crime scene. 

"After eight long months, we're able to take the first step toward justice for Vanessa," her family said in a statement. "She was a beautiful, intelligent and generous young woman whose passion for giving back to the community will always be remembered."