Death investigation underway in Waynesville
A death investigation is underway after Waynesville Police say a local woman was found dead in "suspicious circumstances" on Tuesday, Dec. 26.
Police say they were called to Kerley Street Tuesday morning, just after 10:45 a.m.
There, officers found Huellen Love Poteat, 53, deceased in a bedroom at the residence.
"She always saw good in people. She never saw any wrong on people," Diane Messer said of her friend.
A routine death investigation led Investigators to discover suspicious circumstances, requiring additional investigation.
"Love did not deserve what happened to her, and we hope that justice will be served -- the full measure of justice," Messer said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 28, to determine a manner and cause of death.
"I don’t know what happened, but I hope that ... I hope that we find out, and I hope that we know soon," Messer said.
Anyone with information in regards to this criminal investigation is encouraged to contact the Waynesville Police Department at (828) 456-5363.