The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has announced that 49-year-old Edith Carol Sheffield died as a result of homicide.
The GBI Crime Lab reports that conclusion was reached after an autopsy was performed, but a cause of death was not released.
Investigators say that on January 18th, at approximately 6:36 pm, Coffee County 911 received a call in response to a house fire on Bowens Mill Road near Broxton, Georgia. The fire resulted in extensive damage to the two-story residence. The initial investigation revealed that one of the people who resided at the house had not been located. The Coffee County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Douglas GBI Office as well as the State Fire Marshall's Office. The scene was processed on Saturday and the charred remains of a human body were discovered in the fire debris later that night.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, no arrests has been made, and investigative leads are being followed.
The investigation is still on-going; therefore no other details will be released at this time. If anyone has information pertaining to the investigation, please contact the Coffee County Sheriff's Office at 912-384-4227, or the GBI Douglas Office at 912-389-4103.