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Snellville homicide victim ID'd

Eva May Francis 

Eva May Francis 

SNELLVILLE — How 61-year-old Eva May Francis died won’t be known until an autopsy is complete, but police are continuing to investigate the matter as a homicide.

Police on Wednesday said the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office will rule how the Snellville resident died, sometime before Tuesday afternoon, when police discovered her body.

Francis’ husband, in Canada on a business trip, had called and asked a neighbor to check on his wife; the neighbor later called police. Police kept details of what they found inside the Garnet Way home close to the vest, saying only that there were indications of violence. Francis was last seen alive on Monday, police said.

Francis lived in the home with her husband, who is believed to frequently travel out of the country, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly said.

Kelly wouldn’t say if the home bore signs of forced entry. Police haven’t speculated on a motive, but have said the crime scene gave no indication the incident was random.

A long driveway to the cappuccino-colored home overflowed with vehicles Wednesday, but friends and family declined comment as they shuffled outside with food dishes.

Alba Amado, who lives across the street, said the Amber Valley neighborhood has been mostly bereft of crime in the years she’s lived there. She’d never heard of so much as a break-in, she said.

“It’s quiet,” Amado said. “We were kind of shocked when we saw police.”

Police urge anyone with information to call Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.