Newton County woman found dead outside her home

Update (9/4): Newton County Chief Deputy Chris Jennings has confirmed that Joyce Allen was the woman found near the house.

(9/3) Newton County Chief Deputy Chris Jennings says a woman, believed to be 69-years-old, was found dead near Cherry Road this morning in front of her house. Jennings says the woman was found in her nightgown.

A full investigation is underway, but Jennings says preliminary investigations do not show signs of foul play. Investigators at this time believe the woman died of natural causes, possibly a heart attack.

The woman’s name has not been released. Investigators are in the process of notifying next of kin.