Roswell woman found dead in suspected homicide

Posted at: 08/15/2014 4:08 PM
Updated at: 08/15/2014 7:41 PM
By: Blair Miller, and Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ROSWELL -- A 43-year-old Roswell woman was found dead Friday morning by police, who are investigating the "brutal" crime scene as a homicide.

Roswell police say they received a call just before 9 a.m. Friday of a deceased person on the 1400 block of East Alameda. When officers arrived, they found Adela Sanchez-Montoya dead inside the residence.

"There was a struggle inside the house, is what it looks like," said Roswell Police Sgt. Ron Smith.

Sanchez-Montoya was found dead by her mother in the bathtub.

Sanchez-Montoya was a caretaker at Tobosa Developmental Services. Co-workers said she was at work Thursday like usual.

But when she didn't show up for work Friday morning, they knew something was wrong.

"I had tried to contact her; I called her cell and left a message," said co-worker Brenda Bachman. "No response, I tried to call her later and still no response."

Her co-workers say they are still in shock.

"Everybody's very shocked, everybody's very upset," said Bachman. "I think we're still trying to process it. She was just a genuinely sweet person; I can't imagine anyone wanting to harm her in any way." 

Officials have released few details so far as they piece together what happened, and have not yet released the cause of death pending an autopsy.

There are no identified suspects at this time.