Surprise homicide victim identified

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Surprise woman Amal Bahjat, age 57, found dead in home (Source: Surprise Police Department Surprise woman Amal Bahjat, age 57, found dead in home (Source: Surprise Police Department
Amal Bahjat, age 57, found dead in home (Source: Surprise Police Department) Amal Bahjat, age 57, found dead in home (Source: Surprise Police Department)
(Source: Mike Schmidt, 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: Mike Schmidt, 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: Mike Schmidt, 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: Mike Schmidt, 3TV/CBS 5)
SURPRISE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Police in Surprise have identified a woman whose body was found in a home as 57-year old Amal Bahjat.

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide until the official determination on the cause of death is confirmed by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's autopsy and report. 

Police were assisted by the Arizona Department of Public Safety's forensics unit during the initial investigation.

The death was reported early Tuesday morning at her home near 178th Avenue and Caribbean Lane.

[RELATED: Police investigating discovery of body inside Surprise home]

According to Surprise Police Sgt. Tim Klarkowski, police were called to her home just before 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

When they arrived, they found Bahjat unresponsive.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted in the investigation with providing Arabic translators. 

[MAP: 178th Avenue and Caribbean Lane]

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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