Death of Deer River woman deemed a homicide


The Itasca County Sheriff's Office reported Friday that Sonya Ann Smith died "as a result of multiple traumatic injuries due to assault," according to the Duluth News Tribune. The 43-year-old was found in her Deer River home Wednesday morning after law enforcement received a 911 call.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide, however, the Grand Rapids Herald-Review notes investigators do not believe it was a random attack based on interviews and forensic evidence collected from the scene.

“There is not an ongoing threat to public safety,” Sheriff Vic Williams told the newspaper.

Authorities have not released any details about possible suspects or the type of weapon used in the attack. More information could be released in the next few days.

Deer River Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner are assisting the investigation, the Northland NewsCenter reports.

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