I am at the shore house hunting this weekend, and all of a sudden, my neighbors are calling me panicking. I could not believe what I heard. Then my neighbor emails me this link. Death a 'likely homicide,' DA says; 'person of interest' being held Posted by Precious Petty October 21, 2007 13:21PM Categories: Breaking News, Lehigh Valley Live, Pennsylvania, Police Express-Times Photo | SUE BEYERA Pennsylvania State Police trooper who specializes in forensics enters the home today x in Forks Township. Forks Township police are investigating a "suspicious death" at a house. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek this evening said the dead woman was Toni Ann Pautienus, 43. Northampton County property records list Pautienus as the homeowner, and neighbors today said she is the deceased. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said the death is "likely" a homicide, pending the outcome of an autopsy, which Lysek said would be conducted today to determine cause and manner of death. Morganelli would not identify the victim, other than to say she had been missing for several days and that authorities entered the home at 6 this morning and found her body. Morganelli said a "person of interest" is in custody and had not been charged as of 5:30 p.m. today. Morganelli said the public is not in any danger. A prepared statement from police Chief Greg Dorney says,"The investigation is ongoing and focusing on two persons whose identities and locations are known to officials. It should be made known that at no time during this investigation was there a known danger or risk to the general public."Northampton County District Attorney's Office is expected to release additional information Monday, the release says. Property records indicate Pautienus has lived in the home at least since 2001, and this isn't the first time police have been there. Authorities were called to the house in September 2006 after Pautienus' husband, Aragon Emerson Pautienus, allegedly kicked her in the ribs, tried to throw her down stairs and said he wanted her to die. Aragon Pautienus later pleaded guilty to simple assault and a judge sentenced him to probation, Pennsylvania court records indicate. Terroristic threats and harassment charges against him were withdrawn. Neighbors said police began going door-to-door Saturday afternoon asking questions about Toni Ann Pautienus. They returned early this morning and wound yellow police tape around the property, closing Sycamore Avenue at Wagonwheel Drive in the process. Several police vehicles were parked in front of the two-story house, one of them in the driveway beside a black sport utility vehicle. Investigators walked in and out of the home through the garage door as a small group of neighbors looked on from across the street. The house is decorated for fall, with corn stalks clustered around the front door and mailbox and an autumn-themed fan hanging near the porch. Many people move to bedroom communities such as Forks Township to get away from violent crime. What is crime like in our suburbs? Post a comment below or visit our Easton Suburbs forum. | Permalink (Learn More) Share: Reddit | Digg | del.icio.us | Google | Yahoo | What is this? We are a very quiet community, and nothing ever happens. We never see or hear police officers where I live, it's awesome. I am so sad about this (and relieved that we are at the shore, and not up in PA at home today!) My son's school bus stop is right across the street from this house (6 blocks away from my house). I feel so sick! Thank Goodness I'm moving! I'll keep you all updated!