A woman who was found dead outside her Oakwood home last year was shot, authorities said this week.
Hall County Sheriff’s officials released the cause of death for Holly Fox Strickland more than a year after her death was ruled a homicide by the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office.
There still are no suspects. A $5,000 reward is offered for information that leads to a conviction.
The 32-year-old mother of two was last seen texting in her bedroom at 10 p.m. Feb. 3, 2014.
When she wasn’t there the next morning, her family assumed she had left early for work at Kroger in Suwanee, said Scott Wiley, lieutenant of criminal investigations, who was there the day her body was found. When the family discovered she had left behind her purse and car, they thought she may have left with someone else.
Two days later, she was reported missing from her home in the 5500 block of Raintree subdivision in Oakwood, where she lived with her two children, ages 7 and 11 at the time, and the paternal grandparents of her daughter.
When the family reported her missing, they didn’t ask for an officer to visit the house.
An extended family member found her fully-clothed body later that week on Feb. 8 just outside her home’s privacy fence.
Investigators found an upside-down bucket near her body with soft drink cans littered around it. It wasn’t uncommon for Strickland to take a phone call in that area.
Strickland’s cellphone was never found. If authorities were able to find her phone, it could lead to solving the case.
“It could give us information on who she talked to last,” Wiley said.