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Coroner Says Bloomington Woman Found Dead In Burned Apartment Was Strangled To Death

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(WTIU/WFIU News)

The Bloomington woman found dead in an apartment that caught fire last week was strangled to death, according to a news release from the Monroe County Coroner.

Emergency responders found 32-year-old Teresa Michael dead in an apartment on South Basswood Drive on the evening of Jan. 28 when they responded to a call that the unit was on fire.

READ MORE: Dead Woman Found In Bloomington Apartment Building Fire

Coroner Joani Shields wrote in an email that she has ruled the preliminary manner of death to be manual strangulation and the preliminary cause of death as homicide.

Shields denied reports that the victim's legs had been cut off and added that Michael had suffered burn injuries in the fire.

Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo said in an email that there is an active homicide investigation underway concerning the incident. He asks that anyone with information or who may have witnessed "suspicious activity" at the apartment on Jan. 28 contact Detective Chris Scott at (812) 349-3382.

This story has been updated.

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