YAKIMA, Wash. — An apparent homicide victim found dead in an abandoned house last week was identified Monday by Yakima police as 28-year-old Verenis Fabiola Ramos.
A resident investigating the source of a foul odor found Ramos’ badly decomposed body in an abandoned house at 624 N. Fourth Ave. An autopsy revealed she died from a gunshot wound to the head.
No arrests have been announced. Police have said they identified the body within 24 hours of discovery but decided not to release the name for investigatory reasons.
Yakima Police Department spokesman Capt. Rod Light said investigators are still trying to narrow down the time of death. The body was so badly decomposed that authorities initially could not ascertain gender.
According to Light, Ramos had a history of run-ins with Yakima police in recent years and was known to belong to a group of squatters who take up residence in abandoned homes.
The house where the body was found has been the subject of complaints about squatters for years, police said.
Court records reveal Ramos was arrested earlier this year on a felony charge of attempting to elude police and served jail time for a 2011 conviction for second-degree robbery.
In that incident, Ramos was accused of assaulting a woman in the 1100 block of South 10th Avenue and stealing her purse. She was sentenced to six months in jail.
The eluding case was still pending.
Court records show Ramos had children in 2006 and 2008.