A woman who was found dead Friday inside a home in Lowell, Massachusetts, has been identified, and her death has officially been ruled a homicide following an autopsy, authorities announced.
The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Dejah Jenkins-Minus, according to a joint statement Saturday from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lowell Police Superintendent Kelly Richardson.
After an autopsy was conducted Saturday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the Boston woman's death a homicide by multiple sharp force injuries.
Authorities confirmed Friday that they were investigating the woman's death as an apparent homicide after Lowell police responded to a Llewelyn Street home earlier in the day and found the victim with apparent signs of trauma. EMS pronounced her dead on scene.
Officers found the body of Jenkins-Minus inside the Lowell residence around 10:45 a.m. Friday after being asked to conduct a well-being check there. Authorities have not said who called them or what prompted them to make the request for a well-being check, only saying that the person was known to Jenkins-Minus.
Authorities do not believe this was a random incident but have not publicly named any suspect in the case.
This is an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts State Police detectives and Lowell police.