Police identify woman found dead in Valdosta home

Published: May. 29, 2018 at 12:15 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

May 31, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department has identified a body that was found at a vacant home on Tuesday morning.

Investigators have identified the deceased individual as 42-year-old Billie Joann Boyd, a white female.

Police say Boyd was reported missing by her boyfriend on May 23, just a few blocks away from the vacant home in the 1200 block of Westwood Drive where she was later found dead.

The boyfriend had reported that Boyd was upset and ran from the home.

Authorities have not released a cause of death, but said Boyd may have had a substance abuse problem.

"What I don't want to do is paint this woman as a drug abuser by all means, we're only reacting to the information we've been provided," said Chief Brian Childress. "But I also think it's important that the public know, you know, if you find a dead body in someone's neighborhood, I don't care where you're at, I think it's important to let the public know, hey these are the facts as we see it right now."

When workers arrived at the home to conduct renovations on May 29, they had to break into an exterior room which was locked from the inside. The workers then discovered Boyd's body in the room and called 911.

Valdosta police officers and detectives and crime scene technicians from the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.

"When you find someone there in a vacant home, they don't live there, that's automatically a red flag for anybody, Childress said. "If I thought there was a problem where this woman was murdered I would say that outright because the public needs to know that. But at this point everything points away from that.

Throughout the on-scene investigation, police say no evidence was recovered that pointed towards any foul play being involved. During the examination of the body, the medical examiner found no signs of trauma or injury.

VPD Chief Brian Childress said, "At this point, it appears there is no evidence that this woman was the victim of foul play but we are waiting on toxicology before we can definitely conclude the final cause of death. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim who have been notified."

Police said a toxicology report could take several months.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

May 29, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Authorities are investigating after a body was found in a Valdosta home on Tuesday morning.

The Valdosta Police Department was called around 9 a.m. to a residence near the intersection of Briarwood Drive and Westwood Drive.

Police say no one was living at the home, but the residence was undergoing renovations. Workers discovered the deceased person inside.

Crime scene technicians from the Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Lab and detectives with the Valdosta Police Department Persons Crimes Unit processed the scene.

VPD says at this time, there are no obvious signs of foul play.

"Any case like that where you have unattended death, we treat all of them the exact same," said Lieutenant Adam Bembry with the Valdosta Police Department. "When we go through the procedures we never know usually at the start of it whether or not you have something that's foul play or natural causes. Every thing is done by the book."

Officials do not believe there is any cause for concern or possible threat for neighbors in the area, but encourages the community to stay aware of what's going on.

"On a day-to-day basis, just be vigilant. Be aware of anything that doesn't look right in the area, cars or people that are in your neighborhood that you don't normally see. Just kind of keep an eye out for them. If anyone at any time thinks that they feel it's necessary to call police, please do, we'll be happy to come take a look," Bembry said.

The body has been taken to the crime lab for storage and will be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab on Wednesday morning for an autopsy.