- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Police have branded the death of a Provo woman a homicide after the medical examiner’s office ruled she was strangled.

Investigators say it’s possible 60-year-old Belen Perez could have taken her own life, but that details surrounding her death make that “highly suspicious.”

She was found with a cord around her neck and some kind of strong chemical poured over her body.

Perez’s body was found Wednesday afternoon when her son returned from work to the home they shared. Police believe he had nothing to do with the death.

Provo’s Daily Herald reports police have questioned neighbors about the case, and the home showed no signs of forced entry.

A neighbor told KSL that Perez was a kind woman who enjoyed working in her yard and feeding the neighbors’ cats.