The body of Melodie Lynn Hudson-Honea, 53, of Powder Springs, was discovered by police officers at around 10:35 p.m. Thursday, after they responded to a welfare check at the home at 3822 Deercreek Drive, police spokesman Lt. Matt Boyd said.
On Friday morning, the grass at the home was very tall and old newspapers were in the driveway.
Scott Lee Master of Powder Springs, who described himself as a longtime friend of Hudson-Honea and her husband, Timothy Honea, who moved into the house in March. He said the couple had a rocky relationship, but thought they were getting along well lately.
"Seemed like they were working it out pretty good at this time," said Master, 40, who said he often assisted Honea because he is blind.
Honea has been arrested on unrelated charges in Gilmer County, Master said.
Master said he last saw Hudson-Honea, who used to do secretarial work, just over a week ago when she visited his wife.
"Then I had all these people calling, saying, 'Have you seen Mel?' Because my wife is great friends with Mel," Master said. "Mel was a great person. She was faith-based; a good person."
Boyd said no suspect has been arrested. The autopsy results are expected early next week, he said.