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Woman found dead in burning house died by strangulation, coroner says

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The death of a woman found dead in a burning house on the East Bluff Wednesday morning is now under investigation as a homicide.

The fire was reported just after 5 a.m. in the 1000 block of East Virginia.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said 24-year-old J'Naysia Hobbs was pronounced dead at the scene. Hobbs, who was identified through dental records, lived in the home.

Harwood said autopsy findings showed she was strangled by another person, and died before the fire. This marks the city's 34th reported homicide of the year.

Peoria police arrested 28-year-old Tahir Goodman of Peoria for first degree murder and arson in connection with the incident on Thursday. He's currently in the Peoria County Jail awaiting formal charges.

The cause of the fire is undetermined. One firefighter was injured in extinguishing the blaze. Damage is estimated at $60,000.

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Updated: December 2, 2021 at 9:32 AM CST
Story was updated to note case under investigation as homicide
Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.