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Woman found dead outside Queens home

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BELLEROSE, Queens – A woman was found dead in front of a home in Queens Thursday afternoon, NYPD said.

It was about 12:30 p.m. when her body was discovered outside 244-09 89th Ave. in Bellerose, police said. A passerby saw her on the sidewalk and called 911.

Authorities have been at the scene for hours trying to figure out what happened to the woman. A white handbag sits in the grass nearby.

Neighbors say they were in shock to learn about the incident as the area is normally a peaceful neighborhood.

The deceased’s name is not being released until her family is notified, police said. She's been identified only as being 23 years old.

Her cause of death will be determined by the city’s medical examiner, but a police source tells PIX11's Marvin Scott that the woman could have died from a possible drug overdose.