The June 6 death of Betty Jean King, 51, is now being investigated as a homicide, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.
At 11 p.m. that Saturday, sheriff's patrol deputies responded to a report of a woman dead at her home in the 400 block of George Road, a Brooklet address in rural Bulloch County. In a press release, Chief Deputy Jared Akins said deputies and investigators spent about 12 hours processing the scene and body for evidence.
King's body was taken to the GBI's Coastal Regional Crime Lab for autopsy. Subsequent examination by the Medical Examiner determined that King was the victim of a homicide.
Since the date of King's death, investigators with the sheriff's department's Criminal Investigations Division have interviewed witnesses and followed up on multiple leads, Akins said.
"We have worked through a number of leads that we got that were basically there initially when the deputies responded to the scene, but ... what we really need is any other kind of information, maybe from neighbors, from friends of the deceased, anybody she would have had contact with and indicated a problem or some sort of issue that was coming about in her life," Akins said in a phone interview.
The cause of death, he acknowledged, was not an immediately apparent one such as an obvious shooting or stabbing.
"There were indications initially that there were some medical concerns she had that were pre-existing conditions that might have been the cause of her death, but we were able to rule those out through the medical exam," he said.
Investigators are not releasing the actual cause at this time, Akins added.
The obituary published prior to King's June 12 funeral service in Savannah included a request for remembrances to the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.
King did not live alone. She was married, but her husband was at work at the time, Akins said.
According to her obituary, King had three daughters, two with Brooklet and one with Pembroke given as their current hometowns. It also stated that she was devoted to her family and adored her grandchildren.
Sheriff Lynn Anderson asks for the public's assistance in gathering further evidence in this case. Anyone who had contact with King on the night of Saturday, June 6, prior to her death, or who may have information relevant to the case, should contact Investigator Walter Deal at (912) 764-1788 or submit an anonymous tip to email@example.com.