Police seek help solving 'suspicious' Champaign death

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are asking the public's help providing information about the circumstances surrounding the death of a Champaign woman on Friday.

Sheena R. Williams, 30, of Champaign was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. Friday at her home at 105 E. Roper St., according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

According to police, Ms. Williams was found unresponsive at her home after officers were called there about 12:30 p.m. Friday to check on her welfare. Police initially called it a "suspicious" death, and Northrup said the incident is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said on Monday afternoon that the department continues to investigate the case.

Dunn said police have interviewed Ms. Williams' family and friends.

"The (police) department is actively investigating this case and has conducted interviews with family and friends of the deceased," Dunn said. "We currently do not have any new information to report. However, the (police) department is requesting the public's help with learning the circumstances surrounding the victim's death."

Dunn said police are urging anybody with information about the death to call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477. Information may also be left anonymously online at http://www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637). Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives.

Funeral arrangements for Ms. Williams were incomplete at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., Danville.

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