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Clearwater police continue to investigate killing of 91-year-old woman

CLEARWATER — Police continued to investigate the mysterious death of a 91-year-old Clearwater woman Tuesday, releasing few details but stating that detectives don't think she was killed in a random act of violence.

Kathryn Schroepfor, who lived on Orangeview Avenue just south of Drew Street, was discovered Saturday by the caretaker of her adult son, who is disabled and visited his mother on weekends, police said.

Authorities declared Schroepfor's death a homicide Sunday following an autopsy. The Clearwater Police Department, which is investigating the incident, has not publicly released her cause of death, speculated on possible motives or named any suspects.

"We have not made certain details available to the public because of the possibility that putting that information out in the public realm may hinder our investigation," police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said Tuesday.

Schroepfor lived in a neighborhood that, while mostly quiet, sees heavy traffic from wandering transients.

However, Watts said that police "do not believe this was a random act."

Neighbors told the Tampa Bay Times they learned from police that Schroepfor's front door was found unlocked, raising the possibility that the person responsible for her death did not force his or her way into the home.

Neighbors also said that police were searching trash cans on the block for a purse and wallet they said were taken from the house.

In addition to her son, Schroepfor has two daughters who live out of state, police said.

Relatives could not be reached for comment.

Peter Jamison can be reached at pjamison@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4157.

Clearwater police continue to investigate killing of 91-year-old woman 05/29/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 9:03pm]
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