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Woman's body found in Tift Ave. apartment

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- A woman's body found in a back apartment at 429 Tift Ave. Saturday will be treated as a homicide, an Albany Police Department official said.

"Police responded to the scene of a suspicious death at 9:44 a.m.," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "They found an about 52-year-old white woman's body."

Police did not release the name of the deceased by 7 p.m. because her relatives had not been contacted, Banks said.

Apparently, the woman's live-in roommate, known in the neighborhood as "Doc Brown" had been taken to the hospital for treatment for shock, said Shawn Radcliffe, 32, another resident in the building, which also has rental rooms.

"If that is murder, I'm looking to move," Radcliffe said.

Dougherty County Coroner's Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigators examined the body, but no word on cause of death was made immediately available.

Police questioned anyone emerging from the building or in the area from when they arrived until the body was taken from the premises.

At about 12:50 p.m. Dougherty County EMS responders removed the body from the back of the pale green building.

The combination apartment and rooming house building is around the corner from the Albany Rescue Mission on North Monroe Street.

The mission operates rooming houses for those in its care, but not the Tift Avenue building, said an official who did not want his name used.

Watching the commotion from across the street at his mother's apartment on Tift Avenue, Tommy Gardner, 28, saw neither rhyme nor reason to violence in his neighborhood.

"It just seems like a lottery ball falling into a hole," Garner said. "Sometimes the ball falls there, sometimes over there."