• Police investigating homicide in College Park


    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Police are investigating a suspicious death in College Park.

    Officers say a relative discovered a woman’s body Sunday morning at the Alexandria Landing Apartments on Godby Road.

    Family members identified the victim as Deshandra Ragland, 40. Police are trying to figure out how she died.

    Cindy Ragland says her brother found their sister dead inside her College Park apartment Sunday afternoon.

    “He found her lying between the bed and the night stand with a dog leash tied around her neck,” said Cindy Ragland.

    Oteria Fambro was with Ragland’s brother and says she saw firsthand what happened to Deshandra. She told Channel 2 Action News, it looked like her 40-year-old neighbor fought for her life.

    “She was trying to get away because blood was on the phone and stuff like she was trying to call 911,” said Fambro.

    Fambro described the scene as bloody and gruesome.

    “She was strangled like a collar around her neck and I saw a hole, don't know if it was a gunshot or what,” said Fambro.

    Homicide detectives were on the scene Sunday working to process the area. They are calling it a death investigation and say they are working it as a homicide even though they have not officially ruled it murder.

    Dashandra Ragland’s family is convinced she was killed.

    “I won’t rest. I hope College Park hears me, I won’t rest until this murder is solved,” said Cindy Ragland.

    Cindy Ragland told us her sister was a sickle cell patient and a port that was in her chest had been cut out. Police say the door was barricaded from the inside.

    “The world is going to miss her smile, her laughter, her jokes, her trying to dance with no rhythm," said Fambro.

    Police say Deshandra Ragland was last seen alive around 8 a.m. Saturday. 

    Detectives sent an email Sunday night stating they've developed several leads after questioning Ragland's brother and another man all day. 

    The medical examiner expects to have an exact cause of death soon.

    If you have any information that could help investigators call crime stoppers at 404-577-8477. You can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward.

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