• Woman's suspicious death remains mystery to officers, asking public for help

    By: Mike Petchenik

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The family of a Roswell woman found dead in her apartment wants answers about what happened.

    Fabiola Thomas would have turned 40 on Monday. But just a month short of her birthday, police say her roommate found her dead inside their apartment.

    Her family and police want to know why.

    "She speaks to anyone who speaks to her and she enjoyed life,” Thomas’ sister said, asking not to be identified.

    The sister told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik that Thomas was a hard worker and a friend to all and her family is still fearful after the 39-year-old's suspicious death last month.

    "We need closure. It's hard, very hard for me to imagine, thinking, what would have happened," the sister said.

    Police say Thomas’ roommate found her dead in their apartment at the Newtown Atlantic Apartments on June 8.


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    “The autopsy came back and there is some indication there is some sort of trauma, some sort of suspicious circumstances we need to follow up on," said Sgt. Zachary Frommer with the Roswell Police Department.

    Frommer told Petchenik that detectives are asking anyone who saw Thomas in the days leading up to her death to call police.

    “Anything is possible, but it doesn't necessarily appear random at this point,” Frommer said.

    The sister says Thomas died a month shy of her 40th birthday. And while she didn't have kids of her own, she said Thomas treated her nieces and nephew as her own.

    She told Petchenik that she saw Thomas just a week before her death.

    "We were together, eating, laughing. She went to Walmart with my girls and that's it," the sister said. "We need closure. Because whoever did it, that person needs to turn himself in. If he had the courage to take my sisters' life, he must have the courage to turn himself in."

    The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office told Petchenik on Wednesday that Thomas’ official cause of death is still pending.

    Her sister says whoever killed her, took Thomas’ cellphone.

    Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Roswell police at 770-640-4100.

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