North Charleston police are investigating the suspicious death of a 54-year-old woman whose body was found Monday night in her apartment at a transitional housing complex for the mentally challenged, authorities said.

Investigators are treating Cheryl Snow's death as a possible homicide, but they have said little about what led them to that conclusion.

Authorities must wait until today for an autopsy to determine how Snow died, said Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay.

Police were called to The Oaks at Sumner complex at 7:20 p.m. Monday after two neighbors went to check on Snow and found her dead in her bedroom. The neighbors told police they went inside after discovering the door to her apartment was open, according to a police report.

Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

It is unclear how long Snow had been living at the complex, located along Sumner Avenue in the Charleston Farms neighborhood.

A man who identified himself as a case manager at the Oaks complex said the facility serves the mentally challenged and is home to 15 residents.

He said residents were meeting with staff Tuesday to discuss the death and were unavailable for comment. The facility is operated by Volunteers of America of the Carolinas.

Pepper Schales-Elkins, president and chief executive officer of the organization, would say only that the complex provides affordable housing. She said it was against the organization's rules to discuss details about its residents. But Volunteers of America is cooperating with local law enforcement on the matter, she said.

"We are certainly saddened by the passing of one of our tenants, and our hearts go out to the family members and loved ones," she said.

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