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Foul play ruled out in death of woman found in Buford home

BUFORD, Ga. -- Authorities have ruled out foul play in the death of a 53-year-old woman whose body was found in a Buford home on Tuesday.

Initially, investigators labeled the death of Karen Higgins as a homicide. Officers said her body appeared to have some injuries to her body. After an examination by the medical examiner, the officials said the trauma was likely caused by a family pet after her death.

Investigators said they are awaiting toxicology results before closing the case.

According to police, Higgins' husband has a medical disability which limits his mobility through the home, and he did not have access to a phone to report his wife's condition. 


Police identify woman found dead in Buford home

BUFORD, GA (WXIA) -- Police have identified a woman found dead in a Buford home on Tuesday.

Investigators have labeled the death of 53-year-old Karen Higgins as a homicide. Her body has been released to the medical examiner so that an autopsy can determine an exact cause of death.

Higgins' husband, who is disabled, was hospitalized after his wife's body was found in their home on Anthony Drive.

“It’s a little weird not knowing exactly what happened,” said neighbor Roy Ramirez.

Ramirez said he used to see Higgins outside with her dog. Her body was found inside her own home just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Gwinnett County Police were asked to make a welfare check.

Gwinnett PD investigating homicide of Buford woman

BUFORD, GA (WXIA) – Gwinnett County Police said they were investigating the homicide of a 55-year-old woman, whose body was found in a home in Buford Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators said the call came in at about 1 p.m., from a family member of the victim. They said the family member told officers on the scene that he had not heard from the victim recently, so he decided to stop by the home in the 1000 block of Anthony Drive in Buford to check on her.

When he arrived, he was able to make contact with the victim’s disabled husband. The family member then said he found the victim’s body inside the home.

Investigators said the husband was transported to a local hospital due to his medical condition.

They said no suspects have been identified as of this point. A search warrant has been obtained for the home, and detectives, along with the Crime Scene unit are inside the home, as part of the investigation.

Mother of murdered 2-year-old tried to break up with boy's father

BUFORD, Ga -- The family of a 2-year-old boy killed by his father after a standoff with police told 11 Alive News the father was upset because the boy’s mother tried to end their relationship.

Behind the scenes of tragic Gwinnett County standoff

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Officials are providing more information about what happened and what went wrong in a SWAT standoff that ended tragically in Gwinnett County on Wednesday.

Two-year-old Phillip Nguyen died after police said he was shot by his father, Thy Anh Ho, in a Buford home. Ho also died from what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Gwinnett Police say the fact that the hostage was a child might have played an impact mentally on officers, but not tactically. They told 11Alive’s Ryan Kruger that they handled it exactly how they would approach every hostage standoff.

Police release 911 calls in deadly Buford standoff

BUFORD, Ga. -- 11Alive has learned more details about what happened leading up to a deadly hostage standoff that lasted almost 20 hours.

Thursday afternoon, Gwinnett County Police released the frantic 911 calls and the chilling timeline of exactly what happened that night, morning and afternoon in Buford, Ga.