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Officer Finds Woman Murdered In Her West Central Apartment Unidentified Victim Reportedly Sustained Trauma To Her Head; Home Was Ransacked

Wed., Nov. 6, 1996, midnight

A police officer who went to check on a West Central woman Tuesday found her slain in her apartment.

The officer discovered the victim’s body about noon in the first-floor unit of a triplex at 1928 W. Broadway, Lt. Jerry Oien said.

The patrolman, who wasn’t identified, went to the apartment after someone called police and asked that an officer check on the woman, Oien said. He did not say who called police or why.

When the patrolman arrived, he found a window broken out on the east side of the two-story house.

Suspicious, he went to the triplex entrance and pushed open the unlocked door to the victim’s unit. The woman was lying in the main room, “obviously dead,” said Oien, adding she had sustained “head trauma.”

The apartment also had been ransacked, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

Police cordoned off an area around the house and began gathering clues shortly after the discovery. There were no suspects as of late Tuesday.

Detectives weren’t sure when the woman was killed.

A neighbor told detectives she heard a loud noise that sounded like gunfire about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. Another woman said her dogs began growling at something outside about the same time.

Detectives did not release the victim’s name. She is a white woman believed to be in her late 50s or early 60s, Cottam said.

A neighbor said she lived in the apartment for some time and had a British accent. Her first name was Terry, said Jason Dias, who had a casual friendship with the woman but didn’t know her last name.

“Her friends called her Brit,” said Dias, 25, who lives across the street and had known the woman about four years. Dias said the victim had a quick wit and liked to drink beer with neighbors in the summer.

“She was quick on the comeback,” said Dias, his voice choked with emotion. “This is really sickening. A woman’s not safe in her own home.”

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