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.
"The call came in from a family member who had not heard from a female loved one inside the home for an extended period of time. So he stopped by. He made contact with her disabled husband who was inside the home. And that's when he discovered her body," explained Corporal Michele Poherea.
Neighbors say the victim's husband had a stroke months ago, and his wife was his caregiver.
It's not clear how long he was inside the home after she died. He was not injured, but was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation.
Police have not released any evidence of foul play or a cause of death.
"Hopefully they get some justice. I feel sorry for their family," Ramirez said.