HPD: Death of woman, 63, now being investigated as homicide

HPD: Death of woman, 63, now being investigated as homicide
Wednesday morning, friends and family will gather on the campus lawn at Antonelli College to release balloons in memory of McGee. (Photo source: Facebook/Antonelli College - Hattiesburg, MS)
Wednesday morning, friends and family will gather on the campus lawn at Antonelli College to release balloons in memory of McGee. (Photo source: Facebook/Antonelli College - Hattiesburg, MS)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The death of Deborah McGee is now being investigated as a homicide by the Hattiesburg Police Department.

Investigators said the 63-year-old was found dead inside her home on Dewey Street on Sunday afternoon. Police have not released the details on how McGee was killed, but they believe she was killed by someone she knew and that this was not a random attack.

"As of right now, without getting into details of the investigation, we believe it possibly was someone of an acquaintance to her, not a random act," Hattiesburg Police Captain Branden McLemore said. "We're seeking every avenue and every aspect, the investigation is ongoing."

There were no signs of forced entry, according to McLemore.

"We have located several different video surveillances throughout the neighborhood and throughout the community to try to assist with the investigation, but there is nothing we can release at this time that would assist with it," McLemore said.

Police are not releasing details on circumstances inside the home, details on the autopsy report or if anything was taken from the home.

"She's known in the community, we have been following several leads that have transpired into us interviewing several people in the community," McLemore said. "She was well know in the community. We're trying to see that anyone who caused this heinous crime to come forward or anyone with information that can assist in this investgation to come forward, we'd appreciated it."

Just outside McGee's home is a small memorial of flowers and other mementos left by loved ones. Wednesday morning, friends and family will gather on the campus lawn at Antonelli College to release balloons in memory of McGee. The vigil will be held at 10 a.m.

Hattiesburg police said they are not releasing further details on the investigation at this time, but they have been interviewing witnesses and following leads.