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Police responding to burglary call find woman dead outside St. Louis home

Police found a woman dead in a backyard and signs of a possible struggle inside the home.

ST. LOUIS — Police responding to a burglary call found a woman dead Wednesday morning at a north St. Louis home.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, officers initially received a call about a burglary at about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday at the home in the 5100 block of Maffitt Avenue, two blocks west of Kingshighway Boulevard.

In the backyard of the home, police said a woman in her 30s was found dead with possible gunshot wounds.

Officers found damage to the basement door and signs of a possible struggle inside the home.

On Thursday, the woman was identified as 32-year-old Yuanita Salone.

Police said a homicide investigation was launched into the incident.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371. To remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

Resources for crime victims

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to "stabilize inner-city neighborhoods." One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.

Life Outside of Violence "helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence."

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership with St. Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.

Cure Violence is an international organization that has recently launched in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to de-escalate violent situations within their own communities.

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