Richmond Police were called to a home on North Street near downtown Friday afternoon to check on Debra Harrison. She hadn't been seen or heard from for several days and mail was starting to pile up on the front porch. Harrison's friends were worried about her and called the police.
When police entered the home, they found Harrison badly beaten and dead on her bedroom floor. Police do not think anyone broke into the house. They spent eight hours gathering evidence at the scene.
An autopsy was performed on Harrison's body and results are expected back in the next few days. The coroner has not released her exact cause of death.
This is Richmond's first murder of 2008.