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Elderly woman found dead in Abbeville

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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:01 pm | Updated: 5:19 pm, Tue Apr 23, 2013.

A call for a welfare check on Tuesday morning at an Abbeville home led authorities with the Henry County Sheriff’s and Abbeville Police Task Force to launch a death investigation.

Henry County Coroner Derek Wright said he responded to a call and arrived at a home at 214 W. Washington St. around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

“It’s an elderly female,” Wright said.

Wright declined to say how the woman died, citing an ongoing investigation by law enforcement. He did say she was found dead inside her own home.

Henry County Sheriff William Maddox said investigators with the Henry County Sheriff’s and Abbeville Police investigative Task Force were looking into the circumstances around the death.

“Right now it’s just a death investigation,” Maddox said. “We don’t really know what happened yet.”

Maddox said law enforcement officers were called to the home after Abbeville Police Chief Mike Jones was notified and asked to do a welfare check at the home.

Maddox said the death remained under investigation Tuesday evening by investigators with the task force, who are being assisted by the Dothan Police Department’s crime scene unit.

Maddox declined to release the woman’s identity until the notification of family had been completed.

“We’re still trying to put the evidence together, and we’ve got some professionals coming from the state Department of Forensic Science to look at the evidence and try to put it together to see what happened,” Maddox said. “It is kind of suspicious, but we don’t want to jump the gun. Naturally it’s suspicious or we wouldn’t take us this long to investigate it.”

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