Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office have classified the death of a Cullman County woman as “suspicious in nature.”

According to Sheriff Tyler Roden, the body of 37-year-old Mary Chapman was discovered at her residence on County Road 522 in the Stouts Mountain community Thursday.

While no arrests were made in the case, Roden said the body showed signs of trauma. He also said an autopsy will be conducted in Huntsville today.

“Right now, we’re still investigating this, but we will be able to tell more after the autopsy,” he said.

Coroner Gary Murphree estimated the time of death to be between 8 and 10 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities were not called to the scene until approximately 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

“We know it was a violent death,” Murphree said. “Now, we just have to let our investigators do their jobs and get all the tests done to piece this case together.”

The body was discovered by Hanceville Firefighters who had been called to the scene in response to a reported drug overdose Thursday morning. Roden said the 9-1-1 call was placed by one of the victim’s relatives.

The unnamed individual reportedly stopped at the house after receiving news that Chapman did not show up for work that day.

The victim’s husband, 48-year-old Tony Chapman was also in the residence when authorities arrived. He reportedly answered the door for firefighters, but was unable to speak.

When investigators arrived on the scene, he was reportedly breathing but unresponsive. He was later taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

According to Roden, it is suspected the man was suffering from a drug overdose. His condition was not known before press time.

The victim’s body was discovered laying on a bed in the master bedroom.

Responding units included Cullman Emergency Medical Service, the Hanceville Police and Fire departments and the Sheriff’s Office.

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