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Woman's body found inside her Albany home

January 10, 2005

Albany - A woman is found dead in her home. Her family says the house was ransacked, and police are trying to figure out if she was murdered. Friends found the woman's body late Monday afternoon at her house on Mercer Avenue.

Police won't say much, but relatives say the woman's name is Shanita Lucas.

A crowd of relatives and neighbors huddled together watching as investigators swarmed this house on the 1000 block of Mercer Avenue Monday tonight.

"We received a call in reference to a black deceased female in her mid to late forties," said Lt. Tracey Barnes, Albany Police.

Relatives say Shanita Lucas's daughter and her friends went to check on her Monday afternoon because they hadn't heard from her since Saturday. They say they found the house ransacked and Lucas's body inside.

"Do you, at this point, suspect foul play," we asked the police. "That's under investigation.," said Lt. Barnes "We don't have anything to suggest that, but again that's under investigation."

Lt. Barnes said he had no information on if the house was ransacked. A neighbor also told family members he saw a man carrying a television from the house.

Investigators were still searching for clues around 10:00PM, and they were working the case as a homicide. The District Attorney and Assistant D.A. were on the scene, but they were also hesitant to say how the woman died.

"There may be person who might have information," said ADA Greg Edwards. "If that information can be tested in terms of its veracity by what we know then that makes whether or not the person that's providing information credible or not."

There are no suspects right now. And, family members also told us that the woman suffers seizures because of a long-time health condition. So until at least daybreak, the death of this mother of three will remain mystery to her family.

posted at 10:00PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com