KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating after a woman was found dead in her Kansas City, Missouri, home on Thursday morning.
According to authorities, police responding to an assault call in the 6600 block of East 13th Street found the woman in her home around 7:30 a.m. The victim's name and the cause of death have not been released, but police say that they are investigating the death as a homicide.
Neighbors told FOX 4 that they couldn't believe that anyone would harm the victim, who had lived in the neighborhood for about 20 years. Neighbor Daron Kelly says that the victim was rarely seen outside of her home without her pet Boxer on its leash.
Kelly said that the dog was easily excited and very protective of its owner.
"The dog seemed mean, she would growl and bark at you from a distance," said Kelly.
Neighbors say that they didn't hear or see anything unusual on Thursday morning, and because of the dog they doubt that just anyone could get inside the home without a sound.
"I would figure that somebody, had to be someone the dog knew to get that close," said neighbor Amanda Chico. "Because that dog, from what I've seen of the dog, it wouldn't have just let anybody close by."
Another neighbor told FOX 4 that the woman lived in the house alone, but that her husband - described by neighbors as a convicted murderer - had just been released from prison and had been seen in the neighborhood. John Martinez says that the victim was a very cautious, protective person.
"She would have had to let them in," said Martinez. "She's the type of person that when you come in her house, if she doesn't know you, she always had a weapon."
Police are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS or the Homicide Unit at (816) 234-5043.