Prince George’s police investigate District Heights woman’s death as homicide

Prince George’s County police are investigating the death of a 32-year-old District Heights woman, who was found dead inside her apartment Wednesday, as a homicide, authorities said.

Patrol officers were called to check on Raquel Israel in the 2100 block of Brooks Drive about 9 a.m. Wednesday, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a spokesman. She was found unresponsive inside a bedroom, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Her death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy, but officials did not release the cause or manner of death. Detectives are trying to identify a suspect or motive in the case.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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