Gwinnett woman found dead, shot in the head; police investigating

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A woman was found dead from a gunshot to the head in her Lawrenceville home Friday afternoon, Gwinnett County police said.

Denise Burkart-Haynes’ fiance found her in the home shortly after 2 p.m. on Nov. 2. Police are investigating the death as a homicide, but have not publicly identified a suspect.

Burkart-Haynes was 49.


There were no signs of forced entry at the home. Investigators initially did not rule the death a homicide, but the department’s homicide unit revised the ruling a day later, a police release says.

Burkart-Haynes’ fiance has been “cooperative” in the investigation and police “don’t have any reason to believe he is a suspect,” according to Cpl. Michele Pihera, a department spokeswoman.

Detectives are asking the public to report if they saw or heard anything related to the incident. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Crime Stoppers tips may be rewarded with up to $2,000 if they lead to an arrest or indictment.


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