Police Officer Finds Woman's Body In House In Local Neighborhood Tuesday

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KILLEEN (December 18, 2012)--Killeen police were investigating Tuesday morning after a woman's body was discovered inside a house.

A police officer who was patrolling the area early Tuesday heard a fire alarm coming from inside the home and went to investigate.

As he looked in a window he saw fire damage and the woman’s body lying on the floor.

The woman was in her mid 50s, but her identity hasn't been determined, police said.

Police and fire units were outside the residence at 2709 Taft Street and the house was encircled with crime scene tape.

Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke was called to the scene to pronounce the woman dead.

Just before 10 a.m. investigators removed the body from the home and were taking the woman to Dallas where she was to undergo an autopsy at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith would not say if officers suspect foul play and would not discuss how the woman may have died, nor would Smith say if any weapons were found.

The garage door was open during the initial investigation and there were no vehicles in the driveway.