LATEST: Police have named the woman found dead in her Richmond home as 39-year-old Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley.
A homicide investigation was launched after Wilkinson-Foley was found dead in her Salisbury Rd flat about 6.30pm on Thursday night.
Her family have requested that the media not make any attempt to contact them for comment and ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.
Police have no further information to release at this stage of the investigation, a statement said.
Meanwhile, police are continuing to look her former partner as "one strand of the inquiry", while also seeking others who might have had any contact with her in recent days.
"Police want to speak with the former partner as one strand of the inquiry. There's nothing that separates him from the pack at the moment," police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said today.
Detective Inspector Geoff Jago, of Nelson, said the neighbourhood should soon start to return to normal after power was cut to houses and businesses in the immediate vicinity for about two hours last night.
Ms Dunn said this was to ensure it was dark enough to conduct forensic testing.
Mr Jago said determining the time Wilkinson-Foley died was one of the focuses of the inquiry.
Mr Jago said Wilkinson-Foley was in contact with one of her family members on Thursday morning.
She did not attend her shift at work that day which was one of the reasons her family decided to check on her.
Mr Jago said the woman had been assaulted but he was not prepared to comment further on the assault or say where the woman was found in the house.
He said family members had indicated she had recently ended a relationship.
The woman is thought to have lived at the address by herself, but neighbours the Nelson Mail spoke to said the woman had lived there with a man. One neighbour said the man had not been seen for a while.
Mr Jago would not comment on whether he thought the man was still in the Nelson area.
He said 20 detectives were involved in the homicide investigation as well as forensic staff.
Mr Jago said there was no evidence of a break-in at the address and family members were able to let themselves in.
Police were interested in hearing from anyone who had been in the Salisbury Rd area on Thursday and who may have seen something that related to the case.
The woman's car had been located, he said.
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