GARLAND, Texas -

Police in a Dallas suburb say they believe a 71-year-old woman found dead in her home was murdered.

Garland police say in a statement that the body of Janet Vanderslice was found Saturday when a family member went to check on her. Police say that after seeing the body they opened a murder investigation, but did not elaborate.

Police say the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.