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Police have not identified the woman, but the address listed on the warrant matches the residence of a nurse in an obituary.
Monday, April 22, 2013
A woman found dead April 15 in south Roanoke had her arms tied behind her back and a bag placed over her head, according to a search warrant filed last week in circuit court.
Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said investigators have not yet determined whether a crime was committed and are waiting on results from the state medical examiner’s office.
“Whether or not it’s homicide remains to be seen based on the investigation,” Lt. Eric Charles said.
No charges had been placed in the case as of Monday, Johnson said.
According to the warrant, which was filed April 16, the 56-year-old woman’s legs were also bound.
Police revealed early last week that they responded to the 2600 block of Stanley Avenue Southwest shortly after 6 p.m. April 15, when one of the woman’s family members reported that a body had been found inside the residence, Johnson has said.
Johnson and Charles would not elaborate on what type of bag covered the woman’s head. Citing the ongoing investigation, Johnson also declined to discuss additional circumstances of the case, including whether the woman suffered injuries prior to her death, whether the home showed signs of forced entry, and whether the relative who reported finding the body was inside the house at the time of the woman’s death.
The search warrant’s return said police seized a phone, a shirt, two computers, rubber bands, a zip-tie, bags, and a canvas bag containing household items.
While police have not identified the woman in the investigation, the address listed on the warrant matches the residence of Cary Mitchener, a 56-year-old registered nurse who died April 15 at her home, according to her obituary. A relative of Mitchener declined to comment. Calls to Mitchener’s home were not answered Monday afternoon.
Staff writer Zach Crizer contributed to this report.
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