Mother of Three Found Slain

Police officers in Crestview are investigating the murder of a 33-year-old woman whose body was found in her home.

Investigator John Cook said three acquaintances found Melissa Lynn Howard dead on Friday night.

Cook says an altercation took place, and the death was not believed to be suicide.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement aided officers in processing the crime scene and collecting evidence.

Officers could confirm Howard was the mother of three children and she was separated from her husband.

An autopsy was scheduled.