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Police confirm homicide in death of woman found Saturday

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Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:25 pm | Updated: 10:59 am, Tue May 1, 2012.

The death of 43-year-old Donna Barrett, who was found dead in her home around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, has been ruled a homicide, according to Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley.

“It’s obvious that the death was a homicide and we are working to identify a suspect,” Hundley said.

As of Saturday afternoon, police were exploring leads but had no one in custody, Hundley said.

Hundley said family members grew concerned when Barrett did not arrive for work on Saturday morning, and they checked her residence, only to find it locked and her vehicle gone.

“Later in the day, a family member spotted Ms. Barrett’s vehicle at an apartment complex in Paris and called police to the scene,” Hundley said. “Later in the evening with no information regarding her whereabouts, a relative forced entry into her residence and discovered her body.”

Justice of the Peace Tim Risinger pronounced the victim dead at 9:30 p.m. and ordered an autopsy.

Police are not disclosing the manner of death until the autopsy in Dallas is complete.

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