PITTSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman’s body that was found in Jordan Lake over a week ago has been identified, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman has been identified as Hadeel Ghadhanfer Hikmat, 34, of Apex. Her positive identification was determined through fingerprint analysis, police say.
The investigation into Hikmat’s death is ongoing, according to investigators.
Some of her neighbors that CBS 17 spoke with were shocked to find out that she was the woman Chatham County deputies found.
“I was feeling so bad for the news. You know, I lost my nice neighbor,” a neighbor said.
The neighbor, who didn’t want to show his face on camera, said he lived near Hikmat.
“We always said, ‘Hey, good morning, good evening,’ every time. When you show me the picture that was really bad news for me,” he stated.
He said she lived in the neighborhood for less than a year.
“She moved here from overseas. I don’t know from which country. Three people lived here. Her husband and her sister-in-law. They are very nice people. Very friendly. It is very heartbreaking news for us,” the neighbor explained.
On Tuesday, Aug. 29 around 2:30 p.m., a boater at Jordan Lake called the Sheriff’s Office after sighting a body in the water near Farrington Point Boat Ramp. The Sheriff’s Office quickly recovered the body.
Investigators say they are continuing their work to determine the details surrounding Hikmat’s death. They believe that her death was neither accidental nor self-inflicted.
The Sheriff’s Office requests that anyone who was acquainted with Hikmat and has any information about her whereabouts, interactions, or any relevant details, to please contact the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-542-2911.
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