Egg Harbor City mother found dead

October 18, 2010 4:26:27 PM PDT
Authorities are seeking a suspect or suspects in connection with an early morning discovery of an Egg Harbor City mother of two dead, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced Sunday.

Friends and family held a vigil Sunday evening to remember the victim, 29-year-old Deanna Downs, whose body was found behind a building at the apartment complex where she lived.

Police responded to the Harbor City Apartments located on Atlantic Avenue in Egg Harbor City at 12:14 a.m. Sunday, for a report that a resident walking to his mailbox discovered a body behind the apartment building.

Upon arrival, detectives located the victim, who was later identified as Downs.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. She died of a gunshot wound, investigators said Monday evening.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor's Office website. They can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers website.