Police identify body found in Valdosta home

Death investigation launched after body found at Valdosta home
Death investigation launched after body found at Valdosta home
Posted at 6:15 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 14:48:30-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Detectives in Valdosta say the woman found dead in a shed behind a home Wednesday is 42-year-old Billie Joann Boyd.  

Detectives say she was reported missing by her boyfriend last week. At that time he told police she ran away upset from a home a few blocks away. 

Construction workers had to break into the room, which was locked from the inside.  

"Based off information that we have now, she ran in the direction of that vacant home," said Chief Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department. "Now we think, key word is think, that the door was unlocked, she went inside there, locked the door for whatever reason."

Investigators aren't ruling out foul play until the toxicology report comes back, which could take up to several months. 

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - In a Thursday morning news conference, The Valdosta Police Department released the identity of a woman whose body was found in a vacant house on Westwood Drive this week.

VPD Chief Brian Childress said she was identified as Billie Joann Boyd, 42, who was reported missing last Wednesday, May 23.

The medical examiner said there were no obvious signs of foul play on her body, which is undergoing an autopsy.

WALB's Damon Arnold will more details on this story later today.

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A death investigation has begun after crews working at a home in Valdosta discovered a body.

Officials said that workers were renovating a home at Briarwood and Westwood Streets when a body was found in an outdoor storage building on the property.

The call came around 9 a.m. Tuesday and Valdosta Police responded to the scene.

The Valdosta Police Department issued a statement about 1:15 p.m. that there are no obvious signs of foul play.

The Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Lab, the Valdosta Police Department Persons Crimes Detectives, and the Lowndes County Coroner's Office responded.

The body has been transported to the Crime Lab until delivery to the GBI for an autopsy.

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