Neighbors shocked after 73-year-old neighborhood "grandma" found dead in ransacked home

Officers responded to a home on West Mechanic Street in Shelbyville around 11:30 a.m. in reference to a possible burglary.

Victim's home

Victim's home

Shelbyville, Ind.

The autopsy of a 73-year-old Shelbyville woman found dead in her ransacked home Friday, has been scheduled for Saturday morning. The Shelbyville Police Department has not released the name of the victim yet.

Officers responded to a home on West Mechanic Street in Shelbyville around 11:30 a.m. in reference to a possible burglary. When officers arrived, they found a the woman dead inside.

Lieutenant Michael Turner said the woman lived alone in the house, which is now surrounded by crime scene tape. Turner said someone was checking in on her and discovered her body. Detectives did not find any signs of forced entry.

"If it's happening in Shelbyville, you know, and to a lady like that, you just think is anybody safe?" asked Ian Farnsley as he watched detectives work from his front yard across the street.

He and his wife Amy said the victim was known as the "grandma on the block" who took care of everyone and took special care of her home.

"She took a lot of pride in what she did and it's evident in her house, in her home here." said Farnsley. "She was just a jewel here on the block and it's just, it's just not right what happened."

Amy Farnsley said the victim's niece lives next door and someone would check in on her all of the time.

"Her daughters would drop by all the time and they would do lunch," said Amy Farnsley. "She's lived in this town for a long time and she just has known everybody. Just a very upright person, just a very sweet lady."

Turner said the department would likely release the victim's name on Saturday.

 

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