Exeter woman found dead in her home


Police suspect homicide but cause of death has yet to be released
EXETER – An Exeter woman was found dead in her home on Christmas Eve.
Officers were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of North Quince Avenue at around 1:50 p.m. where they found 53-year-old Denise Spangler dead, according to Sgt. Brett Inglehart, the supervising officer on the case.
A preliminary cause of death could not be determined at the scene. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit assisted Inglehart and Det. Kevin Phelps with the investigation. The Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Dec. 28 but the results of that autopsy were not released as of press time.
Inglehart did say the case is being investigated as a homicide but that no further details were being released at this time.
“We don’t want to release any specifics about the case at this time because if someone does bring something forward we want to know how they obtained the information,” Sgt. Inglehart said. “So for now, we are sticking to the press release.”
The other information known about Spangler is that she was born in Santa Clara, Calif. on Nov. 14, 1964. The family did not hold memorial services, according to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel in Exeter, which handled the arrangements.
This case is currently being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information relevant to this case is urged to contact the Exeter Police Department at 559-592-3103.