Ashland homicide

Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley walks towards a crime scene on Marcia Street Saturday afternoon. Police say a woman was found dead at a residence on the street and the case is a homicide. Photo by Glenn Puit.

A woman found dead in the yard of a residence on Marcia Street Saturday morning is the victim of a homicide, Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley said.

Kelley said the woman "obviously has been a victim of an assault."

"Around 8:50 this morning field units received a call apparently by a motorist who was driving by who saw a person laying in the yard in front of an address on Marcia Street," Kelley said. "Officers arrived and found a female that, by evidence at the scene, has obviously been a victim of an assault, and at this point and time we are investigating it as a homicide."

"We are working it right now based onevidence at the scene, which I can't describe, that it is a homicide," Kelley said.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence where the woman was found. It is a residential structure that has two residences, presumably a duplex-like structure.

Kelley said police have not identified any suspects and no witnesses to the attack have been identified.

"We are in the process of executing (a search warrant) and obtaining the necessary evidence (of the residence)," Kelley said. "At this time we are still in the very preliminary stages of the investigation and trying to identify..the person who has been located. Obviously we have not apprehended anybody and we do not have anyone in custody."

"You want to examine every piece of evidence that you have and we are going to digitally map the scene so we can have an accurate depiction if we have to in a court of law," Kelley said. "We are working just as fast as we can to try and identify the individual and at the same time determine who is responsible. We don't have any witnesses to the event. We are starting off with as raw a crime scene as possible."

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