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Woman found dead in York County home; man charged with homicide

The 67-year-old victim was found in a home on the first block of S. Main St. in Dover Tuesday. William Emilio Torres Gautier, 42, is charged in her death.

DOVER, Pa. — Update, 9:30 p.m.: The victim has been identified as Lourdes Ramos Baez, 67, from Dover Borough, according to the York County Coroner's Office. 

Update, 12 p.m.: Northern York County Regional Police have charged a suspect with homicide, abuse of a corpse and other charges relating to the death of a 67-year-old Dover woman whose body was discovered Tuesday afternoon.

William Emilio Torres Gautier, 42, was taken into custody Tuesday by officers responding to a reported disturbance on the first block of South Main Street at about 2 p.m.

According to police, a neighbor reported a woman at the address had asked her to call police.

When the officers arrived, they encountered Gautier, along with a woman and two small children, at the rear of the home. As they spoke to Torres, one of the officers noted the woman was signaling that she needed help, according to police.

While the officers spoke to the woman, Gautier allegedly intervened and pushed a section of wooden fence at the officers, striking one of them. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle, according to police.

The woman told police her mother was inside the home and needed help, police said. The officers entered the home and found the 67-year-old victim dead in an upstairs bedroom, police said.

"The victim suffered a number of traumatic wounds. We’re still investigating what the motive was and the reason behind it," said Northern York County Regional Police Chief David Lash.

In addition to criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse, Gautier is charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief, according to police.

Authorities have still not released the identity of the deceased.

Previously: Police are investigating the death of a York County woman Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, a 67-year-old Dover woman, was found dead of apparent multiple traumatic injuries in a home on the first block of South Main Street in the borough at 2:19 p.m., York County Coroner Pamela M. Gay said in a press release.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released by authorities, Gay said.

Northern York County Regional Police are investigating the case.

"The death appears to be domestic-related and is being investigated as a homicide," Gay said. "At this time, minimal detail is being released as this is an ongoing investigation. The public is not in any danger related to this incident."

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Gay said. 

The victim's identity, cause and manner of death will be released after the autopsy is completed and the rest of her family are notified, according to Gay.

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