Roanoke Police investigating woman’s death as a homicide

The incident was initially investigated as a suspicious death

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ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE

Roanoke Police have announced that they are now investigating a suspicious death of a woman in Roanoke last weekend as a homicide.

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While authorities are awaiting official results on the cause and manner of death, we’re told there is enough evidence to indicate foul play was involved in the woman’s death.

According to RPD, the victim was identified as 54-year-old Nicole Dingle of Roanoke.

The suspect in the homicide died in an isolated incident that occurred in Franklin County on Saturday, Feb. 24, during which the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the man jumped off of Hales Ford Bridge.

Police said they are not seeking additional suspects at this time and believe there is no threat to the community.


ORIGINAL STORY

An investigation is underway after police said a woman was found unresponsive and was later declared dead at a home in Roanoke on Saturday.

We’re told the Roanoke Police Department was contacted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to perform a well-being check at a Roanoke home regarding an active investigation in Franklin County.

Authorities said officers responded at around 2 p.m. to the residence in the 2800 block of Forest Hill Avenue NW and found an unresponsive woman inside the residence. Roanoke Fire-EMS pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

RPD said due to the suspicious circumstances regarding the incident, detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident, and the cause of the death.

We’ll continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


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Lauren Helkowski joined WSLS 10’s digital team in August 2022, but has held a passion for storytelling long before.