MIDDLESEX, Vt. — Vermont state police say preliminary autopsy results show the death of a woman whose body was found down an embankment in Middlesex was a homicide.

Police on Thursday identified the deceased as 59-year-old Cindy Cook of Barre, Vermont. Her body was found in a secluded area around 6 p.m. Wednesday after a resident called about the discovery.

Police say the cause of death is being investigated.

The last known contact Cook had was on July 3 when a family member spoke to her by phone. Police are looking for her vehicle. It’s described as a cream colored 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman station wagon with a black top and license plate number GBH823.

Anyone who has had contact with Cook on or after July 3 is asked to contact state police.