San Jose police on Friday investigating a suspected homicide at a home from which an early morning 911 hang-up call had been made, though it took officers over two hours after the call was received to get to the scene.
The woman's body was found in the entryway of the home lying face down on the floor. The Santa Clara County coroner was on the scene. As of noon, officers were still waiting to get a warrant to search inside.
Authorities received a 911 hang-up call at 5:38 Friday morning. When officers arrived, they heard dogs barking inside and called animal control to help.
When police finally entered the home at 8 a.m., they found the woman's body. While a weapon was not found, they said the woman suffered traumatic wounds that led them to believe someone killed her. Detectives have been going door to door talking to neighbors to see if anyone heard anything. It's unknown at this point who made 911 call, but officers say it did come from the house where the body was found.
"Certainly the sergeant was aware of our communications and attempted to call back to confirm that there was a problem at the residence," said San Jose Police Lt. Rob Millard. "In this instance, there was no answer and on the initial call, nothing was heard. There were no voices."
Neighbors who live nearby told KTVU a married couple in their 50s lives in the home. At this point, police do not know if the victim is the wife or someone else entirely.
Police are also not releasing names of the other residents of the home because there is confusion about how many people live there, besides a married couple listed as the residents.
Police said those residents, including the husband who has not been found, are all persons of interest, but none are being called suspects right now.
There was a delay in police coming to the house because when they received the 911 call, officers were responding to a rash of auto thefts on Santa Teresa Boulevard and a car crash.
Two and a half hours passed between the time the 911 hang-up call was received and when officers arrived on the scene.
Police said the car crashes were potentially life threatening situations.
"Those are higher priority calls and in the initial call, there was nothing said and no answer on call back,” Millard said.
Police said they have not found the husband and will not confirm the identity of the victim until the next of kin have been notified.
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