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Police identify woman found murdered inside southwest OKC home

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police were searching for suspects late Monday night after a woman was found murdered inside her southwest Oklahoma City home.

Police were called to the home at 2925 S.W. 60th around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon after someone went to check on 31-year-old Holly Vanauken and found her dead.

Neighbors looked on as police investigated.

Dennis Parker said, “As you can see, everybody’s standing around looking because they’re probably all in shock.”

Neighbors say they didn’t know Vanauken well and say she had been renting the house for less than a year.

Police say it was someone who knew her who discovered her body.

MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “There was a person who came to check on her, had not heard from her in a day or two, came to check, found her deceased inside the residence.”

Police would not say how she died, only saying there was trauma to her body.

Justin Stephenson said, “I just seen her coming and going a little bit here and there. They seemed pretty friendly other than, you know, they just kept to themselves.”

Neighbors were not sure if she lived there alone but said there were two different men over there frequently, possibly an ex-husband and an ex-boyfriend.

One man across the street says he saw evidence of some trouble.

Charles Webb said, “I’ve never seen any physical abuse or anything like that. I’ve just, verbal altercations, yelling and screaming. You know, he drives a big diesel wrecker so I know that whenever they fight, I’ve seen her throw clothes out the door.”

Police said they had no suspect information.

Neighbors were hoping authorities could solve the crime quickly.

Stephenson said, “It makes you, makes you worry, makes you worry. But hopefully everybody, the cops and everything will get it taken care of and they’ll get whoever did this brought to justice.”

If you have information, you are asked to call the Homicide Tip-Line at (405) 297-1200.