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Home robbery may have led to 85-year-old woman's death

October 24, 2012 |  7:37 am

An investigation into the death of an East Los Angeles woman was continuing Wednesday as authorities tried to determine whether she was killed during a robbery at her home.

Victoria Oleta, 85, was discovered dead in her bedroom Monday by neighbors who checked on her after seeing an open door to her home, where she lived alone. Authorities did not give a street name or block.

The house was ransacked, leading investigators to believe someone robbed Oleta, then killed her. Autopsy results have been deferred pending additional tests, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials provided no further details on the nature of the death or what, if anything, was stolen.

Anyone with information may contact homicide detectives at 323-890-5500, by dialing CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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