Sheriff Shep Jones would not release details about who found the woman or how she may have been killed.
The victim has been identified as 69-year old Thelma Norton, of 21320 Country Mile Road. It is unclear at press time if she lived alone.
Norton was found at 12:30 p.m., Jones said.
"Her body is being transported to Chapel Hill for autopsy," Jones said.
The sheriff said investors were working on leads in the case.
"I have a full staff of investigators working on this," Jones said. "They have generated several suspects. I expect to have warrants drawn up for murder on multiple suspects by tomorrow."
Jones said he expected to release more information this afternoon.