Woman Killed in Homicide in Deer River

Posted at: 07/24/2013 5:41 PM | Updated at: 07/26/2013 4:47 PM

On Wednesday morning, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a woman found dead in her Deer River home.

Sonya Ann Smith, 43, of 508 5th Street SE in Deer River, died Wednesday of homicide as a result of multiple traumatic injuries due to assault.

Investigators from Itasca County and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have conducted numerous interviews and collected forensic evidence from the scene which has led them to believe that this was not a random attack. Investigators do not believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety.

Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams said he could not comment on the status of a suspect.

More information is expected to be released next week.

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