Published: May 03, 2013 10:25 PM EDT
Updated: May 22, 2013 4:07 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers Police are investigating, what they are calling, the suspicious death of 52-year-old Laura Howard in the 1400 block of Moreno Avenue. Her cause of death remains under investigation.

Police say they were called on May 3, to check on the woman living in the house. When they arrived, they found Howard dead inside.

One neighbor told WINK News the victim has been telling him for months that she thought someone was coming after her.

"She was afraid that someone was coming after her and I just sort of thought she was paranoid, but she had just put in a new security system and she told me she slept with like a baseball bat or something because she is afraid somebody is coming after her," said neighbor Jimmy Chandler.