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A 41-year-old woman was found dead in her home early Thursday morning and what happened remains under investigation but the Indiana State Police say now the investigation has turned to murder.

An autopsy was performed Friday morning on the body of 41-year-old Kristi L. Williams at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY.

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The preliminary results showed Williams died due to severe trauma to her neck area. ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin said he couldn’t comment at this time on the type of trauma involved — or whether it came from choking or a blow to the neck.

Williams leaves behind a 19-year-old daughter.

“Through our investigation that we have done over the last 24 hours, coupled with the information that we’ve received from the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office, we are officially calling this a murder investigation,” said Goodin on Friday.

According to Indiana State Police who are assisting with the investigation, these results are only preliminary and the final determination of the cause of death will not be determined until all results from the autopsy are confirmed, which typically takes up to six weeks.

Washington County Sheriff’s Department Captain Roger Newlon said the department received the 911 call from William’s boyfriend just before 7:30a on Thursday. Police rushed to the Williams’ home at 8531 State Road 335 and soon after contacted the ISP to help with the investigation.

“We’ve got several people of interest that we are speaking to,” said Goodin. “We are taking our time, that’s why we are trying to leave no stones unturned, again because we want to arrest the person responsible for Kristi’s death.”

A forensic team from Indianapolis worked the scene throughout the day Thursday to determine exactly what happened. Police are still collecting evidence at the scene.

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