Woman found dead inside Westside home

Neighbor says, 'I wouldn't call it the best neighborhood in the town'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police won't say who was found dead inside a Westside home Monday evening, but they do suspect foul play in her death.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was called to the home on Susie Street, just off 103rd Street in the Jacksonville Heights neighborhood, at 7:40 p.m. They said it will be up to the medical examiner to determine how she died.

Homicide detectives do not have any type of suspect description but they were speaking to a witness who they said was cooperating with the investigation. 

Police no longer name crime victims and even neighbors aren't sure who she was. They said people come and go from that house all the time, so they aren't sure who lives there.

"I wouldn’t call it the best neighborhood in the town," Joseph James said.

James, who has lived about a block away on Susie Street for more than 20 years, said the crime has gotten out of control, including drugs, shootings and prostitution.

"I’m not scared to admit to it. I will tell you guys flat out, I know what’s going on around here," James said. "I would love to see it cleaned up a lot nicer, to where we can walk around outside and not have to worry about violence, not have to worry about arguments or something like that. I would like to see everybody to just be able to get along."

Detectives cleared the crime scene around 4 a.m. Tuesday but continued to focus their investigation on something that happened in the home.

Anyone with information about the victim or who might have killed her is urged to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500, by email jsocrimetips@jaxsheriff.org or call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

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