BELLINGHAM - Police have released the name of the woman who was killed in her basement apartment in south Bellingham over the weekend, after an autopsy confirmed her death was a homicide.
Police still don't know if Abigail D. Gulotta, 59, was killed by a stranger or someone she knew.
"We're not going to exclude that it could be someone she knows, but we're not going to exclude that it could be someone she never met before at all," said Bellingham Police spokesman Bob Vander Yacht.
Gulotta was last seen Saturday evening in Fairhaven; her body was found shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday. Police are unsure exactly when she was killed.
A co-worker went to Gulotta's basement apartment in the 600 block of 12th Street Sunday morning after Gulotta didn't show up for work at a hair salon on the southside of Bellingham. The co-worker peered inside the apartment, saw Gulotta's body and called the police.
The autopsy Tuesday afternoon confirmed that Gulotta's cause of death was homicidal violence. Police wouldn't comment on the nature of her injuries or whether a weapon was involved.
"We can definitively say this was a homicide," Vander Yacht said. "Somebody else did this to this person. I can't really say more than that right now. We really are following leads and it could compromise the leads."
Investigators didn't see signs of forced entry into the apartment and aren't aware that anything is missing from the home, Vander Yacht said.
Gulotta moved to Whatcom County about a year ago and lived in the basement apartment for about six months, according to police.