BOTHELL, Wash. - Police are investigating a death as a homicide after officers were asked to check up on a woman who didn't show up for work and found a body inside a Bothell home.
Police were called to the house in the 200 block of 240th Street Southwest in the Snohomish County portion of the city at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
They were asked to do a welfare check after the employer of the woman who lives in the home became concerned when she didn't show up for her job in Seattle.
Upon arrival, officers found a body inside the home. Based on what they saw, officers said they could not tell if the victim was a man or a woman, but the victim's friend said the body was that of the woman who lived there.
Neighbors told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that a couple had lived in the home with two children, but had recently divorced and court records showed that the woman and her ex-husband had been in a custody dispute.
Police would not say where the children were, but neighbors said police told them that the children were safe.
When a KIRO 7 News crew went to the ex-husband's apartment, a police officer was there, surveying the complex.
"It's slow moving at this point, and we're definitely in preliminary stages. They're talking to neighbors to gather as much information as they can to determine what steps they're going to go to next," said Cedric Collins with the Bothell Police Department.
Neighbors, who were visibly upset as police went house to house to ask questions, said the woman who lived the at home hosted a children's party over the weekend and was very friendly.