Woman found murdered inside family home
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A woman was found murdered inside her Rankin county home Tuesday, launching an investigation joined by state and county authorities.
Law enforcement is tight lipped about the details but does confirm they are in the middle of a homicide investigation.
Rankin County authorities, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Mississippi Crime Lab spent most of the day combing for evidence in a homicide investigation at 1436 Star Road.
Sheriff Ronnie Pennington would not release the identity of the deceased white female found around noon inside the gray mobile home.
But investigators did indicate her body was discovered near the doorway.
"Her father called or a family member called 911 to report that his daughter was injured. There's no suspect in custody, but we're following up several leads. Again every investigator we have in the sheriff's office is out working on this case right now," said Rankin County Undersheriff Bryan Bailey.
WLBT has been told that the victim is 36 year old Leslie Olivia Sheppard Doame.
Her father, Johnny Sheppard, reportedly found her body inside his home suffering from a gunshot wound.
Authorities would not confirm any of this information.
Sheppard's Facebook page stated that she worked at AAA Cooper Transportation in Richland as an operations clerk.
We are told she worked nights and slept during the day and could have been the victim of a robbery.
Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest said he was called to the crime scene by the sheriff.
"There was nothing that I noticed that would lead me to believe there was forced entry. I saw no broken windows nothing that as involving any doors being pried open, kicked open, forced open, something of that nature," said Guest.
According to the Facebook page, Sheppard moved back home 10 years ago, had been married twice and had no children.
"I saw a lot of cars here about noon time today," said neighbor Frank Scott.
The 90 year old lives about a half mile away but did not know Sheppard or her family.
He stopped to find out why so many law enforcement vehicles were parked at the home.
"It's a very safe area, and I've never heard of any robberies or anything of that nature here," said Scott.
Family and friends gathered at the home throughout the day consoling one another but made no comment about the murder investigation.
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