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Police investigating San Francisco woman’s death as domestic violence homicide

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A woman’s body was found inside a home on Clay Street in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights. Police are now investigating it as a homicide. | Source: Google Street View

Police are investigating a homicide after a woman was found dead inside a home in San Francisco's Presidio Heights on Thursday night.

Homicide detectives are handling the ongoing investigation as a domestic violence case.

Officers responded around 7:12 p.m. to a wellness check at a residential building on Clay Street between Lyon Street and Presidio Avenue, according to a San Francisco Police Department statement.

They discovered an unresponsive woman. Officers attempted life-saving efforts before she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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No arrests have been announced. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not released the identity of the victim.

Beverly Upton, a San Francisco advocate against domestic violence, said she'd been monitoring the situation.

“We’re hoping for an arrest,” said Upton, the head of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium. "This is a tragedy."

Upton said that the death appeared to be the first domestic violence-related homicide of the year in San Francisco, down from around 12 annually when she joined the organization in 2001.

"The trend is going in the right direction," she said. "We just have to keep it on the radar screen, no matter what else is going on."

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