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Woman Found Dead Inside Boarded Up House Identified

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Police have identified the body of a Yakima woman found shot to death and left in a boarded up building.

Verenis Ramos, 28, was found with a single gunshot wound to the head in a building on the 600 block of N. 4th Avenue last week.

Investigators say they aren't sure when she was killed because the body was so badly decomposed when it was found.

Neighbors say someone came across the remains after investigating a strong smell coming from the property.

Police say they're continuing to investigate but without a time frame of when the victim died, they say it's hard to make progress on finding a possible suspect.

"In this case, I don't know how refined down we're going to get the timeline in terms of when she was murdered. Only the doctor can give us those answers," said Capt. Rod Light with Yakima police.

Light says they don't know what led to the killing, or why Ramos was in the abandoned building.

She did have an active warrant out for her arrest for eluding police, and was arrested for robbery a few years ago. But, people who knew her say she was a good person, with kids, and had a job at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.


YAKIMA, Wash.-- NBC Right Now is following up on a homicide investigation in Yakima. Neighbors along 4th Avenue say they were shocked to find out that a woman was found shot to death in a boarded up home right next door.

Police are still not releasing much information about this case. They say they do know who the woman is, but they're withholding that information right now.

Neighbors say they're shocked to hear the news, but say that the smell coming from the home recently led them to believe that something wasn't right.      

"I'm shocked because I live next to it," said Alain Moreno.

Moreno says he would've never imagined that a dead body would turn up in the boarded up home right next door to where his family lives.

"I've heard about murders, but never that close to home," Moreno said.

Police were called to the property on the 600 block of North Fourth Avenue Wednesday evening.

Neighbors say someone was checking out a strong smell when they came across the body. Moreno says it's a smell he won't soon forget.

"We were trying to fix the fence and everything that day and my mom caught the smell and she couldn't handle it. It was a really strong smell," said Moreno.

Police say the body of a Hispanic woman in her late 20's was badly decomposed when it was found.

"This nasty smell. That type of smell that you cannot handle," Moreno said.

He admits the neighborhood isn't the best  in town, but he says it's shocking to see something like this so close to his home.

"We have a bus stop like in the corner right here, all these kids coming around. And then we have another bus stop on the other side, and a dead body right in the middle," Moreno said.

Police say they're still trying to put the pieces together, but for Moreno and his family, they're left with unanswered questions and an uneasy feeling about the home next door.      

"You have this weird feeling that you don't know what to do because you live next to it and you know that that house is still right there," Moreno said.

Police initially reported that the woman had been shot in the head, but  the Yakima County Coroner says they're still waiting to get an official cause of death.



YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima police have opened a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead inside a home.

The body of a Hispanic woman, in her late 20's, was found Wednesday evening at an abandoned home on the 600 block of North Fourth Avenue.      

Police say an autopsy revealed the woman was shot in the head.

They say the body had been there for a lengthy period of time.

No arrests have been made.