An 81-year-old woman has been found dead in her Needham, Massachusetts, apartment, from what authorities are calling “sharp trauma,” and authorities are treating the death as a homicide.
Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said Thursday that Laura Shifrina was found late Wednesday night by her daughter suffering from what he called “sharp trauma."
She may have been dead for several days. An autopsy is planned.
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The victim had lived in the public housing complex for elderly and disabled residents for about 15 years.
Police say Shifrina’s car was then discovered about 15 miles away, a street in Dorchester, but they don’t know who drove it there.
Police Chief John Schlittler says the last homicide in town was more than a decade ago.