AUTHORITIES: EGG HARBOR WOMAN WAS SHOT TO DEATH

Additional forensic examinations were completed this afternoon on an Egg Harbor City mother of two and it was determined that the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound. Authorities continue to seek a suspect or suspects in connection with the killing, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.

On Sunday at 12:14 a.m. Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives responded to the Harbor City Apartments, located on Atlantic Avenue in Egg Harbor City, for a report that a resident walking to his mailbox discovered a body behind buildings J and K. Upon arrival, detectives located the victim, who was later identified as Deanna Downs, 29, a resident of an apartment in the G building.

Medical Examiner Office personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. While on scene and opined that the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound. After performing a preliminary autopsy yesterday afternoon, the Medical Examiner suspected penetrating blunt force trauma was the cause of death. However, a further forensic examination was conducted today, Prosecutor Housel said.

“The further forensic examination causes me to conclude that this was a shooting homicide,” Prosecutor Housel stated.

More details will follow as they become available.

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