A little over a year after a Georgia woman died in her own home from a gunshot wound to the head, investigators are reassessing the case that was initially thought to be a suicide.
CBS46 reports that Heather Turner, 35, died inside her Paulding County home in May 2017, and although her husband, Andy D. Turner, 43, indicated she took her own life, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is calling her death “questionable.”
GBI, along with Sgt. Ashley Henson, Public Information Officer at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed to CrimeOnline that the investigation into the mother’s death is still open and at this time, the cause of the death is ruled as undetermined while additional evidence is being processed.
Andy Turner, however, told CBS’ Daniel Wilkerson that he found hid wife deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after she stepped out of the shower on the early morning of May 4. He claimed he found her lying naked on the bathroom floor in the master bedroom of their Dallas, Georgia, home. Turner said he attempted to perform CPR on his wife, but the efforts were in vain.
A coroner’s report, provided by Lindsey Eberhart with the Paulding County Coroner’s Office, indicated Heather was found nude with a single gunshot wound to the right side of her head. The report also indicated that it appeared someone tried to clean a wall near the toilet. The bullet, according to the report, was never found.
CrimeOnline spoke with Heather’s long-time friend, Joanie Miller, and her husband, actor Jeremy Miller of the popular 1980s hit ABC show, “Growing Pains.” The Millers both indicated that they didn’t feel Heather would ever take her own life.
“I honestly have never met another more beautiful soul inside and out. She is gorgeous,” Joanie Miller said. “There is now way I thought for one second Heather killed herself. She knew the pain and torture of having lost her mother and voices she would never do that to her kids. She was such a good mom and it was so evident how close her and her daughter were.”
Jeremy Miller echoed Joanie’s sentiment.
“She had the warmest and most welcoming personality. [She was] quirky, funny, and a beautiful and compassionate heart thrown in as a bonus. She was an incredibly special lady. I know in my heart that Heather could never and would never have killed herself.”
Yet, despite their confidence that her death was not intentional, Heather’s death hasn’t been ruled accidental or homicidal. According to CBS, authorities indicated that there is a strong argument that points to homicide, but also a strong argument that points to possible suicide.
The GBI state it could take up to four months, give or take, before the evidence in the case is processed and complete.
Efforts to reach Turner have been unsuccessful so far.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional information becomes available.
[Feature Photo: Heather Turner/Handout]