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APD finds woman dead

ALBANY -- 45-year-old Yolanda Roundtree was found dead in her Wild Pines apartment about 6:15 p.m. Friday, an Albany Police Department official said.

"Police responded to a call from family members who were concerned about Roundtree's welfare," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "When police arrived they found her deceased."

Police called the case a homicide, but gave no information on the cause of death. By 9:15 p.m., the body in apartment 403 had not yet been removed.

Not many details on the homicide were available, Banks said.

"The case is under investigation," Banks said. "The police are developing suspects as we speak."

The area at the end of the cul-de-sac at 300 Sands Drive was cordoned off with yellow crime tape. As many as 75 people had come out of apartments or who had driven up to view the scene stood around the area.

The police forensic unit and the coroner had their vans parked within the tape's perimeter. Dougherty Assistant District Attorney Chris Cohilas was at the scene, but did not talk to the media. Most neighbors and onlookers would not talk either.

One neighbor said he had prayed with the dead woman's daughter after the discovery of the body. He lives in the Wild Palms complex but did not know the woman or her daughter's name.

"I heard the sirens and came out. I kept the daughter company and tried to give her comfort," said Kawaski Lucas, a Wild Pines resident. "All I could think of was, my Jesus, my Jesus."