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Death investigation in New Albany after woman found dead

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police have located a man they are questioning in connection with a death investigation in New Albany, Indiana.

New Albany Police Major Keith Whitlow says they received a call that a woman's body was found in the 800 block of Woodbourne Drive in New Albany at about 3 p.m. Thursday.

Coroner's have identified the woman as 75-year-old Christine Whitis. She was a Clarksville, Indiana resident.

Whitlow says police are proceeding as if this is a homicide, but they cannot confirm that at this time.

The coroner could not say how Whitis died.  She was awaiting results of an autopsy to be performed in Louisville Friday.

Police publicly named a resident of the home, 54-year-old William Clyde Gibson, as a person of interest in the case.  They emphasized late Thursday that Gibson was not a suspect.

Neighbors say that Gibson lives at the house where the body was found. Gibson and Whitis were acquaintances, police said.

Visitors "with a contractual interest" in the house arrived at about 3 p.m., and that's when they found Whitis.  Whitis also has such an interest, police said.

Police found Gibson at the New Albany Walmart at about 6:30 p.m. He was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement.  Those charges are separate from the death investigation.

Gibson also is a registered sex offender in Indiana.

Gibson is currently being held in the Floyd County Jail.

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