Chickens now roam freely in and out of the place that 53-year old Sharlene Steadman once called home. Steadman was killed early Sunday morning in what investigators are describing as a violent crime.
"It looked to me to be a brutal attack," said Steve Jones of the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
Steadman was found by her son around 2:30 Sunday morning. She was rushed to Archbold Memorial Hospital but died soon after arriving because of assault injuries to her upper body.
A woman who doesn't want her name disclosed, lives near the Lady Bug Lane home and says the news still gives her chills. "It was a shock we've never had anything happen out here like this."
The woman says the area is tucked away in Ochlocknee. It's a place where everyone knows everyone. "It's always been a quiet, peaceful neighborhood, where the neighbors watch over each other."
Steadman's home was located at the very end of Lady Bug Lane and investigators believe that this wasn't a random act of violence.
"We are pretty sure that it was someone that she was familiar with, but as far as motive we are still trying to put it all together," Jones said.
Multiple agencies are working to make sure the person responsible for the crime doesn't get away.
"They're are trying to piece it together now the person as well as the motive, for this senseless murder," Jones said.
The crime remains under investigation. There are no suspects at the moment but people are being questioned and investigators are awaiting the results of the victim's autopsy.
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