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Elderly woman killed in Anaheim home

January 10, 2010 |  3:20 pm

An elderly woman found dead this morning in an Anaheim home is believed to be a homicide victim, officials said.

Anaheim Police officers were initially dispatched about 7:30 a.m. to check on an 84-year-old woman at her residence in the 2400 block of East Paradise Road, Sgt. Rick Martinez said. Martinez said the department had reason to worry about the woman’s welfare but would not say why.

When no one answered the front door, the officers went to the back of the home and found an open door and indication of forced entry, he said. The officers then entered the home and found the body. Because the investigation is in preliminary stages, Martinez said the body is believed to be that of the 84-year-old resident but could not confirm it as fact.

Based on the condition of the body and the house, Martinez said the woman appeared to have met with foul play.

Detectives were waiting for a search warrant to reenter the home with forensic investigators, he said. In the meantime, police are canvassing the neighborhood and talking to residents.

-- Corina Knoll