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Updated: Woman found dead in Fairfield house

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Fairfield Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside her house along the 7400-block of Earlwood Road Monday morning.

Police Chief Leon Davis declined to release the victim's identity at the request of family members.

The chief did say the victim was a female in her thirties.

Davis said the home's security system alerted police to trouble early in the morning.  Officers arrived and found the woman, but they did not see any signs of forced entry.  Also, police could not determine whether any items had been taken from the house, the chief said.

Davis said those circumstances could point detectives in a handful of directions as they search for the killer.  So far, police are not ruling out any possibilities.

"The locks could have been picked to gain entry to the house.  It could have been someone that the victim knew.  It could have been a relative even," Davis said.  "So right now, we're just covering all angles from the domestic side to the burglary side."

Davis confirmed the victim had been both shot and stabbed.  The woman had two children; however, those children were staying with relatives overnight, the chief said.

This is Fairfield's second homicide of 2011.