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Family speaks out on homicide case

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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in the city's latest homicide case. Friday night, family members found the body of 45-year-old Yolanda Roundtree in her East Albany apartment.

WALB News Ten's Tayleigh Davis was able to speak with the victim's family at the Wild Pines Apartments complex Saturday afternoon. They're hoping for some kind of closure in this case.

WALB did speak to Roundtree's niece who is hoping that the suspect involved isn't on the streets for much longer.

Danielle Woods is Yolanda Roundtree's niece. She last saw her aunt Friday morning. Woods said Roundtree was always out and about in the neighborhood, but she became alarmed when she hadn't seen her all day.

"We went to her house to check on her and realized the body was inside the closet,"Woods said. "It was covered up."

This was around 7:00 Friday night at 403 Sands Drive. Albany Police have been searching for clues to Roundtree's death all day. Her daughter, Nikki Freeman was hoping for an answer. She didn't want to speak on camera, but her cousin remembers her aunt's personality.

"She was an outspoken person and she was dedicated to her family and friends and she got along with everyone," Woods added.

The family said Roundtree's car was missing. Albany Police received a call around 4:30 Saturday afternoon about a white 97' Buick LeSabre Custom on the 1300 block of Martin Luther King Jr Dr.

"The vehicle fit the information on a missing vehicle, we put a look out on it and the officer arrived here and confirmed some preliminary information," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks-Whitley.

For now Roundtree's family hopes for closure in this investigation and safety for the innocent people who live in the area. Police are searching for information on who may have been driving Ms. Roundtree's vehicle. Detectives continue to interview witnesses so they can find suspects in this case. 

Roundtree's body has been taken to Atlanta for an autopsy to determine exactly how she died. If you have information, call crime stoppers at 229-436-TIPS. 

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