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Suspicious death being investigated in South Jordan after domestic violence call

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South Jordan police detectives stand on the front steps before going inside to investigate a suspicious body at a home in a gated community in the 10200 South block of Jordan Creek Drive on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SOUTH JORDAN — Police are investigating a suspicious death of a woman inside a home in a gated community.

Police were initially called just after 6 a.m. to a home near 10200 South and 900 West on a report of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman who were dating, said South Jordan Police Sgt. Sam Winkler. Because the man had left the scene and police couldn’t make contact with the woman, the scene was cleared and officers left.

About 9:40 a.m., police were called again by a friend of the couple who said he had come to check on the woman and found her dead of a gunshot wound inside the home, Winkler said.

Officers arrived and confirmed Ashley Sorenson, 35, most recently of Park City, was dead inside. A search warrant was secured for detectives to process the scene.

“Right now we don’t know if this was a self-inflicted wound or not. We are talking with the other parties who were involved in this to see if we can get some more information,” Winkler said.

Winkler said investigators are working to “piece together” information from the multiple calls made to police from the initial domestic dispute until Sorenson was found. He did not have any information about what type of gun was involved or whether it had been located, but said police do not believe there is any danger to the public.

Police anticipate releasing more information Tuesday.

Like many law enforcement agencies in Utah, Winkler said South Jordan police have seen an uptick in domestic violence related calls and mental health crises as people are spending more time in their homes.

Winkler advised anyone in conflict or crisis to separate and cool off before trying to communicate, and to call police if help is needed.

“If it’s to the point where people aren’t effectively communicating or listening, please give us a call,” Winkler said. “Let us go out there before things start to heat up, that way we can intervene and be the listener for both parties and see if we can help come to a nice resolution before, again, these things get out of control.”