Lancaster County deputies are now investigating the death of a woman as a homicide, officials said.
The woman was identified Wednesday as Kimberly Alger, 36, of Dickens Road in Heath Springs, said Karla Knight Deese, Lancaster County Coroner.
Deese has not yet released a cause of death. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile called Alger’s death “suspicious,” but did not give details about why investigators are looking at the death as a possible homicide.
Alger’s body was discovered around 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Rich Hill neighborhood of Lancaster County, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are investigating this as a homicide at this point,” Barfield told The Herald.
Deputies do not believe the woman was the victim of a random act of violence, Barfield said.
“At this time we do not believe there should be public concern for their safety,” Barfield said.
The woman’s body was found outside a vacant home in the 3800 block of Spirit Road southeast of the city of Lancaster, deputies said. Her body was found near the steps leading to the deck at the back of the house, Barfield said.
Detectives have not yet determined if the woman was killed at the scene, said Faile, in a written statement.
Barfield and Faile said deputies have promising leads in the case. Barfield declined to give details about the specific leads that officers have.
The investigation continued Wednesday but no arrests had been made.