The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating a homicide that happened on James Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos area on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

They said the victim was identified as 56-year-old Connie Koontz of Gardnerville.

DCSO says an unknown suspect entered the residence and killed Koontz. They said the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

They said at this time, the suspect still remains unidentified and remains a threat to the community.

The Sheriff's Office is urging residents to be vigilant in locking all doors and windows and to report any suspicious activity immediately.

Anyone with any information on the case is encouraged to contact Investigator Ryan Young at (775) 782-9226 or Douglas County Secret Witness at (775) 782-7463. You will remain anonymous.