UPDATE: After female found dead inside apartment, APD investigates case as homicide

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update - Aug. 21, 4:05 p.m.:
Anchorage police are now investigating the 900-block Richardson Vista Road case as a homicide, according to an APD Nixle alert.

According to APD spokesperson MJ Thim, police determined that the body of the adult female was discovered in the living room by a family member, who was returning home, Sunday evening. Additionally, Thim said other family members were occupying the residence, during this time.

"Detectives know how the woman died," said Thim. But those details will not be released, while the investigation is pending, he added.

Furthermore, Thim confirms that detectives consider this case to be an "isolated incident," rather than a random crime.

Police are still looking for information and surveillance video, regarding this case. To contact them, Thim asks that the public either call dispatchers at (907) 786-8900, or call Crime Stoppers at (907) 561-STOP to remain anonymous.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Original Story - Aug. 21, 8:19 a.m.:
Anchorage police are asking for the public's help, after they say a woman was found dead inside a Government Hill apartment building late Sunday night.

According to APD spokesman MJ Thim, patrol officers responded to a report of a deceased person at an apartment complex on the 900 block of Richardson Vista Road at around 11:30 p.m.

Once there, police discovered the dead body of a woman inside the apartment unit, and contacted crime scene units and detectives for assistance, Thim said.

Few other details were immediately available, and the investigation is still in its early stages. The identity of the woman has not been made public by authorities, and police did not immediately have any information on how the woman may have died, or if anyone has been taken into custody.

While police have not confirmed whether or not the death is considered to be suspicious, they are asking the public for assistance. In a community alert message, they stated "public help needed" and asked for anyone to contact them if they know something about the incident. Police also indicated that they had interest in security camera footage of the surrounding area, if available.

Detectives are in the process of interviewing witnesses, Thim told Channel 2. "They're still trying to piece together exactly what happened," he said.