DAVIDSON – Police have been mum about a death investigation that began last month and is now considered suspicious.

Sarah Catherine Long was found dead July 23 at her home on Old Meeting Way.

The Herald Weekly was first alerted it had occurred through the Davidson Fire Department incident report, released Aug. 6.

According to the report, Davidson Engine Three crew responded to the home with the police department at the request of someone to check on the 41-year-old resident who had not been seen for several days.

They forced open the door and found Long deceased on the bed. It was verified that there were no hazardous materials in the apartment and the unit was sealed. Police took over the investigation.

The Herald Weekly began questioning police soon after the fire department’s report came out. Members of the department declined to comment or offer information, directing calls to Davidson Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul, who said the matter was under investigation and she could not release any information other than Long’s name.

According to a police report recently given to The Herald Weekly, Long was killed by a gunshot wound from a Taurus Magnum .357.

It was initially thought to perhaps be a suicide, but further investigation has raised suspicion. 

A representative of the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office said the autopsy report is still not complete and that it could take three to five months before it is released.

Early in the investigation, Shaul said “Davidson is a low-crime town” and that officials didn’t want to cause a panic. She wanted to remind residents that they are safe. 

That was reiterated by Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller, who also offered condolences to the family. 

According to her obituary, Long worked as a buyer for the Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters. Funeral services were held Aug. 2 in Pleasureville, Ky.  Donations were directed to Ironstone Lane Rescue in Troutman and Arrow Fund in Kentucky, which offers medical treatments to animals who have been abused or neglected. 

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call Davidson Detective Vernon Siders at 704-940-9635.