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Midland woman found dead in apartment

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(04/12/12) - A 28-year-old woman was found dead inside a Midland apartment Wednesday, and now police and her family are looking for answers.

Wednesday night, just before 6, police were called to Heritage Arms Apartments in the 6100 block of Eastman Avenue.

Family members tell us the 28-year-old is Ashley Wood.

Right now, police have labeled her death as 'suspicious', but say they are handling it like a murder investigation, which is standard procedure in unexplained deaths.

Wood's family provided us with a picture of her. They describe her as happy, beautiful and as having a smile that could light up a room.

They aren't sure who she was visiting at the Heritage Arms Apartments where she was found, as she didn't live there.

Police do tell us the man who lived at the apartment where Wood's body was found has been questioned and is not a suspect at this time.

"We treat all deaths as homicides. This is not listed as a homicide right now, it's a suspicious death," said Dep. Chief Rodney Roten of the Midland Police. "We're gathering all the facts, we're getting everything together that we can. You know, this is somebody's daughter, somebody's sister, mother, friend, and we're doing everything we can to get all the pieces of this puzzle put together so we can actually find out what happened."

ABC12 spoke with one of Ashley Wood's aunts Thursday afternoon.

"She was beautiful, her smile lit up the room. She was good-hearted, helpful to everyone," Wood's aunt, Allison Swanson, said.

But behind the smiling face, Ashley's aunt says there was pain.

"Ashley had the disease of addiction and whether this has anything to do with this or not, we don't know. We're waiting to hear very anxiously, lot of that stuff doesn't matter because it's not going to bring her back," she said.

Family members say they had just enjoyed a wonderful family Easter together, and will cherish those memories.

They hope other families will continue fighting for their loved ones who need help, so they don't have to go through the pain of losing someone so young.

"When the first time doesn't work, you go the second, the third, and you go on and on," Swanson said. "And as long as they're with you, there's still hope."

Police say an autopsy is scheduled for Friday to figure out how Wood died.

UPDATE 11:45pm 4/13/12: 

Midland police say the results of Wood's autopsy are inconclusive, but show no signs of trauma. 

Investigators will now wait on toxicology results to come back, which should reveal more information about Wood's death.

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