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Police in Labrador are investigating a death that is considered suspicious.

According to Sgt. Darryl MacMullin with the Hopedale RCMP detachment, a woman in her 50s was found dead in the community Wednesday and, based upon what officers saw at the scene, her death was deemed suspicious.

MacMullin couldn't provide much information on the woman's death — such as where she was found — as the investigation is still in the early stages.

Investigation ongoing

For now, investigators are waiting for autopsy results from the province's chief medical examiner and are taking statements from people in the community.

The RCMP's Forensics Identification Section in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and the Major Crime Unit in St. John's have also been called in to help investigate.

"We'll await their results and, between that point and now, we're going to follow up and canvas the community with some inquiries, and try to follow up with further statements here to try and establish a timeline on what happened with this individual that had passed," MacMullin told CBC.

Information sought

"Anybody out there with any information regarding this individual — that maybe had contact with them the day of, the night previous — if they could share that with us it would be greatly appreciated," he said.

The death has hit the small community hard, MacMullin said.

"Anytime you have a sudden death in any community, depending on the circumstances, it's tragic and an unfortunate situation,"he said.

"The community is currently grieving and, basically, we're going to work the best we can to find out exactly what happened for closure for this particular family."