UPDATE: Woman's death investigated as homicide

A Garland County sheriff's office patrol unit is shown in this undated file photo. (Hot Springs Sentinel-Record file photo)
A Garland County sheriff's office patrol unit is shown in this undated file photo. (Hot Springs Sentinel-Record file photo)

UPDATE

The death of a woman whose body found in her yard in Diamondhead on March 4 died has been ruled a homicide, the Garland County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

The Garland County Communications Center received a call regarding an unresponsive female in the yard of 209 Pebble Beach Drive at 1:24 p.m. March 4. Deputies, once confirming the woman was dead, contacted the Garland County coroner, whose investigation of the body revealed "suspicious injuries," a news release said.

"At this time the incident is being investigated as a homicide," and the Garland County Criminal Investigations Division is asking the community's help with information regarding this incident, the release said.

The woman was previously identified as Dorothy Odenheimer, 79. 

Anyone with possible information is asked to contact CID at 501-622-2967 or the anonymous Tip Line at 501-622-3674.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

DIAMONDHEAD -- A woman found deceased in her yard in Diamondhead Saturday afternoon reportedly had "suspicious injuries" prompting an investigation by the Garland County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Courtney Kizer, the GCSO's public information officer, said in a news release on Monday.

Dorothy Odenheimer, 79, of 209 Pebble Beach Drive, was found deceased in her yard after patrol deputies responded to a 911 call to the Garland County Communication Center regarding an unresponsive female at around 1:24 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies and Lake Hamilton Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. Once there, deputies confirmed the woman was deceased and contacted the Garland County coroner.

"Once the coroner was on the scene an investigation of the body revealed suspicious injuries located on the female," the release said. Sheriff's investigators responded and assumed the investigation.

"The body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy report. This is still an active investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 501-622-2967," Kizer said.