Police are retracing the last several days of Janis Sanders' life, looking for clues that will lead them to her killer.
Sanders, 44, was found unclothed between an abandoned house and a small business in the 1100 block of South Washington shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said.
"From that time until now, we have been working this case nonstop," Stolz said.
Some of her clothing and personal belongings was strewn about a half-block away, Stolz said.
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"She was clearly beaten by someone," he said. "Whether that is what caused her fatal injuries or not, we'll know after the autopsy."
The autopsy was conducted Monday. Police also will be checking to see if she had been sexually assaulted, Stolz said.
Sanders was living in north Wichita until about 10 days ago, when she was evicted, Stolz said. Since then, she had often been seen walking in south Wichita.
Family members said Sanders had been offered a place to stay following her eviction. However, she had apparently chosen to alternate staying with her boyfriend or at her roommate's new address. She had four grown children.
Sanders had no ties to the house or the business where she was found, Stolz said.
Investigators are talking to family members, friends and acquaintances, he said, but at this point no suspects have been identified.
"We're back-tracking her life at this time," talking to people who had contact with her in the final days of her life, Stolz said.
"We're getting a lot of calls, so hopefully that will continue," he said.
Evidence suggests Sanders was killed either late Friday night or early Saturday morning, he said.
Anyone with information about the incident — particularly if they saw Sanders walking with anyone Friday night, Stolz said — is asked to call the homicide section at 316-268-4181. In the evening, people may call 316-268-4646.
This is the 15th homicide of the year in Wichita. There were 18 in all of last year in the city.