Elizabeth City police say a woman whose body was found during an apartment house fire last week was the victim of a homicide.

Agent Barbara Morgan, a spokeswoman of the Elizabeth City Police Department, confirmed Monday police are investigating Jovana Jones’ Feb. 10 death as a homicide following release of information about Jones’ autopsy.

A spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s Office in Greenville told The Daily Advance on Monday an autopsy determined Jones died as a result of a homicide and that her death was caused by a gunshot wound to her head. The spokeswoman said the autopsy was performed Wednesday.

Police said Jones’ body was found inside a burning apartment house in the 600 block of Southern Avenue early Monday, Feb. 10. According to police, city firefighters responded at 5:37 a.m. to a report of smoke in the house where Jones, 34, had an apartment.

When firefighters arrived, they entered the rear of the house where they discovered Jones’ body lying on the floor of her apartment. Firefighters extinguished the fire and reported their finding to police.

Police declined last week to release further details or characterize the nature of the police investigation of Jones’ death, citing their ongoing probe.

Morgan said police are asking anyone with information about Jones’ death to contact the department at 335-4321 or Elizabeth City Crime Line at 335-5555.