On May 2, 1976, a neighbor conducted a welfare check of Grace Elliot and found her dead inside her home. Grace was a 77-year-old widow who lived quietly in the 2700 block of 67th Ave. The Medical Examiner determined that she was a victim of a homicide. The police believe there was forcible entry made into her home.
Friends and relatives said that she had several long telephone conversations with them the previous day. A phone conversation with her sister-in-law had ended at about 9:15 pm.
Grace always left her living room drapes open about a foot or so. A neighbor returning home from work that evening reported that Grace’s living room drapes were completely closed at about 11:30 pm.
Friends and neighbors said that Grace Elliott was a friendly person who had been living quietly since her husband died about two years before.
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This case was also featured on KPTV: http://www.kptv.com/story/25123584/cold-case-investigators-say-woman-77-likely-killed-by-someone-she-kne