PERRY -- A woman whose body was found inside a vacant home in Perry Thursday climbed in through a bedroom window, likely to escape overnight temperatures that had dropped below freezing the last few days, police said.
The body of Tosheka Norvett Richards, 32, was found lying in the den of a rental home at 1711 Sewell Circle by the property owner about 11 a.m. Thursday, said Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes.
The property owner had received a call from a potential renter and had gone to check on the home, including the pipes in light of the cold weather, Dykes said.
An autopsy conducted Friday morning at a GBI crime lab in Dry Branch found no visible signs of foul play, Dykes said. She likely had been dead between 48 to 72 hours.
The death could have been caused by a medical issue, but authorities won’t know more until they receive toxicology results, Dykes said. That could take six to eight weeks, he said.
Richards, who had a mental health condition, apparently had fallen on hard times and was living from place to place, Dykes said.
She had brought with her a comforter, blanket, sheets, clothing, makeup and jewelry, he said.
“She had all her belongings with her,” Dykes said
Her mother, who lives in Fort Valley, was saddened that Richards apparently felt like she couldn’t come home, Dykes said. Another relative of Richards lives in Perry.
Richards had been jailed in Houston County on a theft by receiving charge, having been granted bond in October, according to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office website. The theft by receiving charge was in relation to a truck stolen from the same neighborhood from where her body was found, Dykes said.
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