Suspicious death in Kansas City investigated as a homicide

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-19 14:22:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, April 19 | The victim was identified as 35-year-old Michelle Long.

ORIGINAL STORY, April 15 | The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department is investigating a suspicious death as a homicide after a woman was found dead inside an apartment Thursday morning.

Officers responded to an apartment on a welfare call at 10700 East 98th Terrace.

The caller was concerned for the woman because they had not heard from her.

Officers attempted to make contact with the woman and eventually entered the apartment, where they found her dead.

Upon further investigation, the cause of the woman's death did not appear to be natural.

A KCPD homicide unit and medical examiners arrived to process the scene.

The incident will be considered a homicide investigation until the medical examiner releases further information.

At this time, KCPD has not identified the victim or any potential suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the TIPS Hotline at (816)-474-8477.

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Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the 41 Action News Mug Shot Policy.