McLaurin, 53, of the 2300 block of Edgar Street, Fayetteville was found lying among cardboard boxes by an employee of Pratt Industries on Owen Drive Thursday.
Neighbors who spoke to ABC11 were stunned to hear the news.
"Around here you never know, you know. People try to make a living and they try to make it out here, and you know people just take life for granted," said neighbor Yvonne Morrison. "And it's sad this has happened to her in that way, you know. To dispose of someone like that is just horrible."
The cause of McLaurin's death is undetermined, pending the outcome of toxicology testing.
Cumberland County Sheriff's homicide detectives are continuing with their investigation.