The death of a Shelton woman has been ruled a suicide.
On Tuesday, an apartment manager asked Shelton Police officers to do a welfare check on resident who had not been seen or heard from. When officers entered the apartment, they found the 57-year-old deceased. The woman appeared to have been dead for an extended period of time.
A news release says there was a large amount of physical evidence in the apartment indicating severe trauma, however the exact cause of death was not immediately apparent. Washington State Patrol crime scene technicians were called in to assist, due to the large amount of physical evidence at the scene.
Detectives could not immediately locate the person who shared the apartment with the deceased, and there were questions surrounding the roommate’s possible involvement, as well as the method, time, and cause of death.
Detectives have since been able to contact the person who shared the apartment, and verify that they were not at the apartment when the deceased died.
Thursday, the Medical Examiner was able to determine the exact cause of death and the approximate time of death. Based on all available information gathered, it is now apparent the deceased took their own life.