Locals reported hearing a hysterical man near the scene in St Neots, Cambridge after the woman was found in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police rushed to the scene, since charging Robert McWhir, 25, with murder after the discovery at Loves Way.
A resident told Cambridgeshire Live: "This guy came down from Loves Way past here and was quite distraught. I would even say he was hysterical.
"A young girl came out in her pyjamas and ran off in that direction. Then the next thing I knew there were police cars and blue lights everywhere. Then another guy came out and followed where the girl went down the road.
"Then the first girl along with another came back this way crying their eyes out. I’ve never heard a bloke make a noise like it. It was awful. I didn’t come out of my house because you never know do you?"
Another resident reported that they heard screams, claiming the man was saying "there's a dead body".
Images from the scene show police have cordoned off the grasslands as they investigate.
The victim's identity has not yet been released.
Cambridge Police confirmed: "A 25-year-old man from St Neots has been charged with murder following the death of a woman in St Neots on Saturday.
"The woman’s body was found in Loves Way at about 2.30am.
"The man has been remanded to appear at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court today."
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