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Cranston woman's suspicious death spurs homicide unit to seek former tenants

Homicide detectives are now officially on the case of a woman whose body was found inside her home in the Calgary neighbourhood of Cranston two days earlier.

Cindy Enger, 51, was found dead on Sunday afternoon but it was unclear initially if her death was suspicious

Cindy Enger, 51, was found dead in her home in Calgary's Cranston neighbourhood in January. (Allison Dempster/CBC)

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a home in Calgary's Cranston community two days earlier.

Cindy Enger, 51, was found dead in the 200 block of Cramond Close S.E. at about 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Police said they were initially contacted by Enger's ex-husband after he tried to drop off their son at her home as part of a joint-custody arrangement and received no response.

Officers who went to check on Enger forced their way into the home after receiving no answer at the door and found her dead inside.

It was unclear for some time afterward whether her death was being treated as suspicious.

Officials with the medical examiner's office requested that police hold the scene while they investigated and conducted an autopsy.

With the autopsy complete, Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus said Tuesday the death is now considered suspicious but not necessarily a homicide, as police are still awaiting further test results on her body.

"We believe that she was last seen alive Friday evening, but we're working with the medical examiner's office to establish a timeline of her death," Andrus said.

Former tenants sought as witnesses

Investigators believe Enger moved into the Cranston community in 2006 and has had about 20 tenants live with her over the past decade.

Police are looking to speak with those tenants, as witnesses.

Andrus said none is considered to be a suspect at this time.

Online ads under Enger's name indicate she was looking for a "mature, tidy and responsible roommate" to share her home, asking $650 per month in rent and then later lowering that to $600.

Andrus said it appears Enger hasn't had a tenant since last summer.

Anyone with information who might have lived in the home or have information about Enger's death is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or the homicide unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877, or to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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