26-year-old woman found dead in New Jersey apartment

PLAINSBORO, New Jersey (WABC) -- A 26-year-old woman was found dead in her home in New Jersey Monday, and police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Authorities say Plainsboro police responded to Carolyn Byington's home after they were asked by her coworkers to do a wellness check at approximately 5:57 p.m. when she had not returned to work.

Responding officers found the victim deceased in her apartment. She was pronounced dead at 7:36 p.m.

Byington worked at Engine in Princeton. The company released the following statement:

"Engine is in mourning over this shocking, senseless tragedy. Carolyn was deeply cared about by her colleagues. We extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to her family and friends."

Byington was described by some of her neighbors at the Hunters Glen apartment complex as extremely quiet, and said they rarely saw her out, except when she was leaving for work.

An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death a homicide.

Neighbors said they heard faint screams coming from the apartment Monday afternoon, along with what sounded like furniture moving. But they said they didn't see anyone leave.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tim McMahon at (609) 799-2333 ext. 1627 or Detective David Abromaitis at (732) 745-4436.

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