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NEW INFO: Woman's Body Found in Home Days after Welfare Check


UPDATE 1/27/14 @ 6:20 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman who hadn't been seen or heard from in weeks was found dead in her home Sunday night, and her death is now being called suspicious.

Sunday night wasn't the first time police had been to the home of Nancy Burdette Lynch, 66.

Officers have been there nearly a dozen times in the past year for medical calls, but they were also there just a few days ago for something else: a welfare check.

“I called her to see if maybe she was sick or whatever, but she didn't answer,” Donna Adkins, a neighbor, said.

Adkins has lived across the street from Lynch for about 20 years.

“When I’m outside, she'll come over and we'll be talking,” Adkins said.

Neighbors up and down Jefferson Avenue in St. Albans describe Lynch as a quiet woman who usually kept to herself. Even so, they say the fact that they hadn’t seen her or her dog in several weeks was alarming.

On Sunday night, her body was found by some friends who were concerned and came over to check on her.

Police don't yet know what caused her death or when it happened, but say it is suspicious.

WSAZ called Metro 911 to see if police had ever been dispatched to Lynch's home before.

It turns out they were there 11 times in 2013 for medical calls, but they were also there just this past Thursday -- for a request to check on her, so we asked officers what they found.

St. Albans Police say they checked the outside, repeatedly knocked on doors and looked in windows, but uncovered nothing suspicious.

The whole thing has left neighbors like Adkins on edge.

“You just have to keep your eyes open,” she said.

Neighbors say the one thing that really made them start to worry was Lynch's cars.

They say she had two, one of which hasn't been seen in weeks. They say the other has been gone for several days -- long after they last saw her.

Police say they will be investigating this case indefinitely.

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UPDATE 1/27/14 @ 10:30 a.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- St. Albans Police are investigating the death of a woman who was found in her home.

Police say they received a call about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Acquaintances say they found Nancy Burdette Lynch, 66, dead in her home in the 2300 block of Jefferson Avenue.

The acquaintances told police they hadn't heard from Lynch, and went to her house to check on her.

Police say the cause of death or when Lynch died have not been determined at this time.

They say until those are determined, her death is being considered suspicious.

Her body has been sent to the medical examiners office for an autopsy.

The St. Albans Police Special Enforcement Unit and Kanawha Bureau of Investigation are assisting on the case.

Call St. Albans Police if you have any information.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/27/14 @ 6:15 a.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police in St. Albans are investigating what officers describe as a suspicious death.

A body was found late Sunday night at a home in the 2300 block of Jefferson Avenue in Saint Albans.

Police aren't saying anything about the person who died or why the death is considered suspicious.

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