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Body of woman found in home
Authorities say death appears suspicious
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Officials are investigating the suspicious death of a woman found in a Cumming home Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the death on Park Street is asked to call Cumming police at (770) 781-2000 or GBI at (800) 597-8477.

Authorities say foul play is suspected in the death of a 34-year-old woman whose body was found Wednesday afternoon in her Cumming home.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said an autopsy was being conducted Thursday at the agency's crime lab to determine the manner and cause of death of Maria Hernandez-Reyes.

“At this point, we do not plan on releasing the cause when it is determined due to the investigative value,” Bankhead said Thursday.

He said a man renting a room from Hernandez-Reyes and her husband found her body Wednesday afternoon when he came home from work.

The house is at 110 Park St., which is off Pilgrim Mill Road near Cumming City Park.

The GBI and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is assisting Cumming police with the investigation, Bankhead said.

The death is the third of a suspicious nature in the past year in the city limits.

Security guard David Casto was shot to death Sept. 5 during an armed robbery at Ingles grocery store on Canton Road.

Four teenagers have been charged with murder and armed robbery in connection with the shooting.

Francisco Celestino-Sanchez died in May while being treated for injuries he suffered in an altercation at his Kelly Mill Road home.

The suspect in that case has been charged with murder and aggravated assault.

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