Police have identified a woman found dead in her Huntington apartment earlier this week as Mareasa Westcott, 47, and said Thursday detectives now believe she was murdered.
Westcott's body was found in her apartment on Elm Street on Monday by Suffolk County police officers responding to a 911 call for a wellness check after her landlord said she hadn't been seen "in several days."
Homicide detectives immediately labeled the death "suspicious," but said they were awaiting results of an autopsy.
While police still have not released a formal cause of death they did say Thursday the cause has been determined "to be criminal in nature."
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the case to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.