She was in the laundry room of her Florida home. Police say she never got out

A woman who went to wash clothes in her laundry room in Central Florida failed to arrive early Monday, authorities say.

According to the Leesburg Police Department, officers responded to a call about a “suspicious incident” at the home around 2:30 a.m.

The caller told the dispatcher they thought their friend, 37-year-old Melissa Smith, was dead.

When officers arrived, they found Smith lying on the floor of an adjacent converted laundry room behind the carport. The Lake County woman died of “at least one” gunshot wound, police say.

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“This friend came to the residence looking for the victim, and could not get an answer from her, knocked on the door and then the mother and boyfriend found her in the utility room,” Police Captain Scott Mack of Leesburg told reporters.

The case is being treated as murder.

Neighbors were both surprised and in shock.

“Just crazy,” one person told WESH.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 352-728-9862 or 800-423-TIPS. You may be eligible for a reward.

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