- Associated Press - Sunday, April 16, 2017

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) - The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an Easter Sunday home invasion where armed men forced their way into an Oak Hill area residence and shot and killed a woman.

A preliminary investigation shows that two men wearing ski masks, one with a knife and the other with a handgun, forced their way into the home in the middle of the night, a press release from the sheriff’s office said.

The man with the gun shot a 48-year-old woman in the chest, the release said, and then both men fled the residence. Two other people inside the home were unharmed. Police were called around 1:30 a.m. and the woman was dead at the scene, the authorities said.

Investigators do not yet know a motive for the crime.

“The M.O. is somewhat similar to that of a home invasion robbery,” Sheriff Mike Fridley said in the release. “In this case, however, the suspects made no apparent attempt to search for money or drugs. They forced entry into the home, shot the victim and fled without saying anything.”

An autopsy is expected to be performed on Monday.

“There is very little additional information that we can release at this time,” Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah said in the sheriff’s press release. “We have notified most of the victim’s family but we are not releasing her name at this time.”

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