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Woman found dead of gunshot wound Wednesday in cemetery

A Selma woman was found dead in Division 24 of New Live Oak Cemetery early Wednesday morning with a gunshot-inflicted wound.

A Selma woman was found dead in Division 24 of New Live Oak Cemetery early Wednesday morning with a gunshot-inflicted wound. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Selma City Police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found in New Live Oak Cemetery near Bloch Park Wednesday at 4:45 a.m.

Selma Police found the body after responding to a call from the deceased’s relative, who contacted police in reference to possible suspicious behavior by the deceased. Police arrived at the last known area they were told the deceased may be located and discovered a 39-year-old female dead, according to Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department. Selma Police Department officials declined to release the name of the deceased, but did confirm she was a resident of Selma.

Muhannad said the deceased was found near a tree located in Division 24 of New Live Oak Cemetery with a gunshot wound to the facial area and a weapon nearby.

“Right now, we’re looking at leads found at the scene that could direct us to possible motives,” Muhannad said.

Muhannad said police believe the suspicious behavior may have been noticed during a phone call the deceased had with the relative who later reported the incident.

An autopsy has been planned to help investigators determine the exact cause of death, Muhannad said.