Durham police have still not released how 38-year-old Tina Maynard died. Her body was found on Latta Road on Friday, just two miles from her home.
On Friday, her Bivins Road home was also surrounded by crime tape.
Court records show that Maynard filed at least two restraining orders against the father of one of her four children. Maynard sought a restraining order in 2009 and then again in 2011.
She asked for the 2011 order to be modified so that her child's father could see his daughter. Then Maynard asked for the 2011 order to be extended in 2012. It was set to expire this upcoming Saturday.
In her own handwriting, Maynard said the two had a violent relationship and that she feared for her safety. She detailed the man's alleged violent outbursts, that sometimes played out in front of her children.
Police have not said whether they suspect foul play or if the child's father is a person of interest in Maynard's death.
Investigators are waiting on a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner's office on the cause of death.