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Causes of elderly woman’s death determined

Massive head injuries and strangulation caused the death of an 87-year-old Spokane woman murdered at her home, an autopsy performed Tuesday shows.

Coroner Dexter Amend said the autopsy showed that Ruby M. Miller, E1504 Riverside, suffered several blows to the head and that a bone in her neck had been broken, indicating strangulation.

The victim’s body was found in bed Saturday afternoon. She was last seen by a neighbor about 3 p.m. Friday. Police were called Saturday by a worker at a nearby firm when Miller wasn’t seen around her home lately.

Police today said no suspects have been identified in connection with the murder. An investigation is continuing, officers said.