No arrests, suspects in Cedarwood possible homicide; investigators remain on scene

Investigators remain at the scene of a possible homicide Tuesday after a dead woman was discovered Sunday evening in her Cedarwood Apartments residence at 1727 W. 24th St.

Lawrence police responded to a request to check the welfare of a female resident Sunday, but she did not answer her door, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.

Officers then entered the apartment and found a woman dead among a scene that indicated a “violent incident” had occurred, McKinley said Monday. Because of the condition of the apartment, McKinley said investigators suspect foul play.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made in connection with the woman’s death, McKinley said.

On Monday, McKinley said the community should be on alert until an arrest is made.

“Until we have someone in custody, there is a public safety issue,” McKinley said Monday. “We do not know if it is someone known to the victim.”

McKinley said he hopes to release the victim’s identity soon, but Douglas County Coroner Erik Mitchell has yet to positively identify the woman.

McKinley said the incident continues to be under investigation. A crime scene investigation truck was parked outside the apartment throughout the day Tuesday.