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Bluffton Police rule suspicious death a homicide

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Bluffton Police are now classifying the suspicious body found in a Buck Island Road home as a homicide.

Autopsy results identified Pollyann Mitchell, 70, as the victim who was found inside of the home.

Very little is known about what happened inside the house, but officers continue to investigate.

Investigators spent more than eight hours collecting evidence at the Buck Island Road home on Monday night, and the coroner's office would not reveal any other details because it is still an active investigation.

Many people said they were shocked by Mitchell's death, given the kind of person she was.

Many of Mitchell's family and friends gathered outside to console each other.

They are mourning the loss of someone they describe as an inspiration to all who knew her.

Peaceful. Gentle. God-fearing.

Family members say those qualities personified Pollyann Mitchell.

"And she was always willing to give…no matter what it was…in any way that she could help somebody, she was willing to do that,"said her only surviving son, Ricky Bryant.

He says his son discovered her body Monday afternoon.

"I can only imagine what she might've went through and how she might've defended herself or tried to defend herself," he said.
It's still unknown what actually happened to Pollyann Mitchell.

Her granddaughter, Monique, says she hasn't slept and feels like she's lost her second mother.

"The very first thing she said to me when I came home from college on Friday night was 'my heart is home so I'm going to be okay' but little did she know she was my heart, she means the world to me," she said.  

Friends and family say Mitchell often sat on her front porch waving and talking to people.

It's hard to imagine why someone would want to hurt her.  

"I just can't believe someone would disrespect her and come in her house, just do her so wrong like…it's still really shocking to me, I have no words for that," said Bryant.
Polyann Mitchell had just celebrated her 70th birthday last month.

Her son says one of the hardest parts is knowing she will never get to see her three year old great grandson grow up.  

"In the years to come, I'll have to explain that to him, let him know what happened to his grandma," he said.

The family says they are holding onto their faith right now and want justice for what happened.

Bluffton Police are continuing to investigate her death.

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