This is a homicide. From the earliest news stories they had the Greater St. Louis Major Case team working it saying it was foul play. The guy she was living with, whose story changed more than once, who has more than 110 case filings in his criminal history is where the focus is. His most recent charge was aggravated vehicular assault related to an accident where he was alleged driving drunk and both him and Denita were ejected from the vehicle. It is likely she would be compelled to testify against him and it almost certainly has a lot to do with this since he was facing 2 to 12 years.