Around 5 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to a home in the 400 block of Pearl Street where they found the body of 74-year-old Christine Gay Yetzer.
Neighbors say Yetzer had lived in the house for at least 30 years and lived alone. The mystery surrounding her death is unsettling for the neighborhood.
"It was something we don't see too much of in this neighborhood," Nomee Landis said. "I am aware that it doesn't matter where you live, here or another city, you have to be careful of what's going on."
Police say a friend went to check on Yetzer over the weekend and initially thought she may have gone out with an acquaintance.
However, Sunday when the friend returned and still did not get an answer at the door, he walked around the back of the house and found her body.
Police are calling Yetzer's death suspicious.
"The fact that she was partially clothed only leads one to believe foul play may be afoot," said Lt. Chris Davis, Fayetteville Police Department. "However, I understand she suffered from some level of dementia, which kinda opens the door to all sorts of different things. Based on the evidence at this point we just don't know."
Police say there were no signs of forced entry into Yetzer's home and except for a small amount of blood near the scene, there are no obvious signs of trauma to her body.
Investigators hope the state medical examiner can answer their questions. Yetzer's body will go to Chapel Hill Tuesday.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 910-433-1830 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS.