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Deputies: 79-year-old woman found dead after apparent break-in at Rowan Co. home

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:43 AM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A homicide investigation is taking place after a woman was found killed in her eastern Rowan County home Thursday.

Deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home on the 700 block of Wyatt’s Grove Church Road after family members found 79-year-old Judy Eller Hoffner dead inside around 8 p.m.

Few details have been released, but crime scene investigators were on the scene and speaking with neighbors just after 9 p.m. on Thursday night.

On Friday, detectives confirmed they had found evidence of a break-in at the home. Investigators worked through the night on the case.

No further details about the investigation have been released.

Anyone with information about the case should call Det. Simmons or Sgt. Greene at 704-216-8686 or Maj. C. Moose 704-216-8687.

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