UPDATE: Elderly woman killed before house caught fire, police say

PRINCE GEORGE’S CO. – The death of a 76-year-old woman who was found after a fire at her house has been ruled a homicide, police say.

Jeanette Goines, of the 1400 block of Ray Road in Chillum, was found dead after her house caught fire on April 14.

Firefighters responded to her home around 7:40 in the morning. Officials say they discovered smoke and forced entry into Goines’ home.

Once inside, police say firefighters found Goines dead and badly burned. She was not able to be identified at the time.

After her body was taken to a medical examiner, Goines was positively identified through dental records.

The medical examiner determined she died from blunt force trauma before the fire. The manner of death was ruled homicide.

Police had responded to the home just thirty minutes before the fire for a residential alarm call. Police say officers checked the home and found no signs of forced entry or fire.

The investigation continues.