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Death of woman found near home in southwest Fort Worth was homicide, police say

Woman's body recovered in Fort Worth field

A woman's body was found in a grassy area near the wall of a gated neighborhood in southwest Fort Worth early Tuesday.
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A woman's body was found in a grassy area near the wall of a gated neighborhood in southwest Fort Worth early Tuesday.

A shooting call early Tuesday morning led police to the body of woman found shot to death in a grassy area outside the wall of a gated community in a neighborhood in southwest Fort Worth.

The death of the victim, who was described as a white female in her mid-30s, is being investigated as a homicide, police said.

The name of the shooting victim has not been released by authorities, who have disclosed few details about the case.

Officers located the woman's body on a grassy area next to the eastbound lanes of Bellaire Drive at the intersection with Ranch View Road in the leafy Overton Woods neighborhood after a call at about 5:30 a.m. from a man who was driving by and saw the body in the grass, police said. Police said the woman was topless.

Shortly before 9 a.m., authorities could be seen removing the body from the area.

Investigators appeared to be sweeping the scene with a metal detector. One investigator could be seen removing sod from the ground. Blood splotches could be seen in the grass where the woman's body was recovered.

By early Tuesday evening, police said they had no leads and no suspects in the case.

Residents said crime was relatively rare in the quiet, affluent neighborhood of large brick homes. Four of them spoke to the Star-Telegram and said it's "disturbing" to have something like this happen here.

"We love the neighborhood. We've never felt unsafe," said one woman who asked not to be identified. She said she's not letting her teenage daughter out late until the case is resolved.

Police said they do not believe there is an immediate danger to the public nor do they believe the victim has any affiliation with Texas Christian University or the neighborhood where her body was found.

The investigation is ongoing, Fort Worth police spokesman Jimmy Pollozani said in an email.

The last homicide in the neighborhood was in December 2016. Well-known businesswoman Nicole "Nikki" Blahitka, 49, was fatally shot in her bedroom on Dec. 30, 2016.

Her boyfriend, Joshua Henry, 30, was arrested a few days later.

Police said Henry confessed to killing Blahitka, the owner of Lon Smith Roofing, during an argument in her home in the 3600 block of Middlewood Drive.

But in a jailhouse interview, Henry denied making a confession. He told police the couple had a "disagreement," after which he walked home.

Henry was shot to death in February 2017 by Grand Prairie police after officers responded to a call of a man inside a home in the 400 block of East Cober Drive destroying the house and property.

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