Crime

No cause of death, suspects after woman’s body found in Spanaway home

It still wasn’t clear Wednesday what killed a Spanaway woman found dead in her home the day before.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy Tuesday on the body of 28-year-old Jennifer Reichardt. The cause and manner of her death was still pending Wednesday.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said only that the woman died of trauma and her death was suspicious. No suspects have been identified, he said.

Reichardt‘s body was found about 9 a.m. Tuesday in the bedroom of her home in the 2400 block of 195th Street East.

She was found by deputies who responded to a call from a neighbor, who was worried something was wrong at the home. They arrived to find the woman’s four children looking at them through a window.

Troyer said the children – ages 1 to 7 – did not appear to have witnessed their mother’s death. Child Protective Services took the children while officials looked for a family member to care for them.

Investigators spoke with Reichardt‘s estranged husband. Troyer said he is not a suspect at this time, but that detectives weren’t ruling anyone out.

The couple was divorcing and Reichardt had applied for a domestic violence protection order against her husband. It was granted through August 2015.

She wrote the court that he tracked her obsessively online and was controlling. She also described multiple assaults, including one that left one of the children with a broken ankle.

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