By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen police on Wednesday identified the victim of an apparent homicide near downtown Killeen as 36-year-old Candance Lee Boley.

Boley was found dead inside a small house in the 1000 block of Parmer Avenue late Monday. An autopsy is pending. Police did not release the woman's cause of death.

A neighbor found Boley's body after spotting several of her pets wandering outside her home. The neighbor saw the door to Boley's home was open. The person looked inside and saw Boley lying on the floor.

The neighbor called police and told officers that shots were heard about an hour before the body was found.

The victim's father, Gene Boley, of Fredericksburg, Va., said he had started to wonder if his daughter might have been killed after reading reports about a 36-year-old woman being found dead in Killeen. He had not heard from his daughter in three days.

"I was fearful of it," Gene Boley said Wednesday. "We knew sooner or later something was going to happen to her."

Police notified the family Wednesday morning that Candance Boley was the victim of a homicide.

Gene Boley said his daughter began slipping into drug addiction while in the Army. She was discharged from the Army about a year ago after having trouble making formations on time.

He said after she was discharged, she moved back in with her parents in Virginia for a brief time, but decided to come back to Killeen to be closer to friends.

"So we let her go back down there. We never thought it was going to turn out like this," Gene Boley said.

Candance Boley, the youngest of three sisters, graduated from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia. She served with the Marine Corps before joining the Army. She worked at a veterinarian's office. Her father said she loved animals.

Police have no suspects in Boley's homicide and limited leads, said Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the homicide to call Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.killeencrimestoppers.com or text the word KILLEEN and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). All tips are confidential and completely anonymous.

A tip leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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