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Woman’s strangulation death first Macon homicide of 2009

An autopsy performed Monday revealed a woman found dead in a Walnut Street boarding house Saturday was strangled to death.

Sophia Denmark, 27, of 2127 Walnut St., was found inside her boarding house apartment at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday and was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

“At the time the body was found there were no visible signs of foul play,” said Sgt. Melanie Hofmann, Macon police spokeswoman.

Police did not release any details concerning the Saturday death until Monday.

The autopsy revealed Denmark died of asphyxiation caused by strangulation, Jones said.

A witness told officers she arrived at the boarding house at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and found the front entrance door open, according to a police report released Monday afternoon.

The witness said she walked into Denmark’s bedroom, but she wasn’t there, according to the report.

A man found Denmark lying face down behind her bedroom door at about 5:15 p.m. and told a woman who then called the police, according to the report.

Two witnesses told police they saw a man walk into the boarding house Saturday afternoon, but he denied entering Denmark’s residence Saturday, according to the report.

Denmark’s death marks the first homicide in Macon in 2009.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

Telegraph staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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