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In brief: Young woman’s body found in home

A 29-year-old woman was found dead in her Spokane Valley home Friday, and two young children were found unharmed inside.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was found by police in a home in the 2000 block of South Fawn Drive, just east of the Dishman-Mica Highway.

Her boyfriend called police to request a check on her well-being after the woman didn’t show up to work Friday, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

When officers arrived at the house, the woman’s 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son answered the door. The children were not hurt.

“It took them a second to get the front door open,” Reagan said.

The girl told officers her mother wouldn’t wake up, he said.

There were no obvious signs to indicate a cause of death, but investigators were treating the death as suspicious, Reagan said.

The woman wasn’t thought to have had any significant health problems. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Staff reports

Freeway bridge work may be done Sunday

A bridge repair project on Interstate 90 in east Spokane is more than a week ahead of schedule and should be completed by Sunday, officials said.

Road restrictions on I-90 from Altamont to Havana streets will be lifted in time for Monday’s morning commute, said Chad Simonson, engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

The job involved rebuilding overpass bridges at Havana and Altamont.

The contractor on the project, Westway Construction, of Medical Lake, had 30 days to complete the project, which started July 11.

Incentives for early completion were included in the $941,000 contract, and Westway took advantage of those, Simonson said.

Traffic through the area was limited to two lanes in each direction and seven on-ramps and off-ramps were closed during the work.

Mike Prager