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Woman found murdered in Portage apartment
PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Portage police are investigating a homicide after a woman's body was found at Devonshire Apartments.
Police are identifying the victim as 56-year-old Delores Smith.
Neighbors are still trying to wrap their heads around what could have happened and when.
"Delores is the sweetest, kindest, gentlest person I have ever met," said neighbor Linda Hamacher.
Hamacher says she's lived next door to Smith for months. She says she was up until 1:30 a.m. Thursday and never heard a sound that came from the apartment.
She does say, however, that Smith had visitors around 8:00 p.m.
"Yes, her hair stylist came by, the ex-husband was there, and Delores was there," Hamacher said, adding that by 9, the hairstylist left, but Smith's ex-husband stayed.
Thursday morning, Hamacher says she saw Smith's car leave, and thought it was her on her way to work.
Hours later, she learned from police that was not the case, and that Smith was in her apartment, dead.
The car was found in Saginaw, where sources say a person of interest walked into work covered in blood.
Saginaw Police have said that they are on the lookout for that man, but they are not yet calling him a suspect.