Police are investigating the body of a woman found in around dawn Wednesday morning in Cherryfield as a homicide.

The woman’s body was spotted along the side of Route 193 by a passing motorist around 5:30 a.m., Maine State Police Lt. Troy Gardner said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Beddington.

Gardner said the death is being investigated as a homicide.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, will be examined at the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta, he said.

Police believe the woman’s death is related to a black Chevrolet Impala that was found with front end damage at the intersection of Route 193 and Route 9, Gardner said.

“Based on the information we have obtained, we believe the vehicle is connected to the deceased female,” he said.

The vehicle, which was found abandoned, has Maryland license plates.

The accident is believed to have taken place sometime Tuesday evening.

Cherryfield is in Washington County, halfway between Machias and Ellsworth.