POLICE were called to a house following reports that a woman was injured.
However, the woman, who has been named locally as Marie McCracken, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives said they did not believe it was a random attack, in a bid to reassure local residents, but did not expand on the theory.
Police, who were called to the house at about 10.45pm on Wednesday, stood guard at the property in Old Coach Road, East Kilbride, today and a cordon was in place, while investigations were carried out.
Detectives, including forensic officers in white boilersuits, remained at the property throughout last night.
A post mortem was taking place today to establish the exact cause of death; however, officers are treating it as murder. Police said family members had being informed.
One stunned local woman, said: “You wouldn’t think for a minute that something like this could happen here.
“It’s a nice, quiet area, with nice people. We never have any trouble here.
“I was woken up at about 2am, looked out my window and saw the street swarming with police officers.
“It’s terrifying to think something like this can happen on your doorstep.
“I haven’t slept all night.”
Detective Inspector David Tassie from Hamilton CID said: “From extensive inquires which have taken place so far I would like to reassure the local community that I do not believe this was a random attack.
“A team of detectives has been assigned to this investigation and an Incident Room has been set up. Door to door inquiries are also being carried out and forensic examinations are continuing to gather any information which can help our investigation.
“Extra uniform patrols are in the area and I would urge anyone who has any concerns to speak to an officer.
“I would also appeal to anyone who heard a disturbance or noticed anything unusual to contact us on 01355 564016.”
Alternatively you can contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 if you prefer to give information anonymously.”