Woman found dead in home south of Springfield identified

Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 2:58 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 9:48 PM CST
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NEAR SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - UPDATE: The Greene County Sheriff’s Office tells KY3 the cause of death was natural.



The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation at a home south of Springfield.

Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 1400 block of West Farm Road 178 on Tuesday to check a person’s well-being. Inside, they located Jennifer Winders, 46.

The sheriff’s office’s crime scene unit was set up outside the home for hours.

Neighbor Pam Deforest has lived in the area for 13 years and says she’s never seen anything like this in before.

“Pretty weird,” Deforest says. “What we noticed is that this doesn’t happen so we were watching. We weren’t sure. We were hoping there wasn’t gonna be dogs and stuff because we didn’t know what was going on.”

Deforest says it was concerning to see this happen so close to home.

“We share a backyard,” Deforest says. “Our fence is down from the storm so we actually share a backyard and we had no idea that there was an issue.”

Deforest says deputies and ambulances have been outside that house two other times recently.

“A couple of days ago we noticed there were an ambulance and a cop car in their driveway and we just merely noticed it,” Deforest says. “We didn’t understand what was going on and we still don’t. I mean it was huge today and we still don’t know.”

Deforest says she’s only met Winders once before.

“Very pleasant,” Deforest says. “Very nice. Didn’t expect that.”

Investigators have not said whether or not Winders death is considered suspicious.

Deforest says neighbors are hoping for answers.

“We all keep in touch,” Deforest says. “It’s one of those kinds of neighborhoods so we’ll just wait and see. Hopefully, well I don’t know if there’s any hopefully because of how it turned out.”

Deputies say there is no threat to the community. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday morning.

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