Prince George's County homicide detectives were in one Capitol Heights neighborhood for the second day in a row, talking with residents and looking for leads in the search for a killer. They say an elderly woman was murdered inside her own home along Chapel Oaks Drive.
Investigators aren't releasing many details, but they say they were called out for a welfare check around 3 p.m. Saturday. Officers arrived at the scene to find 71-year-old Geraldine Joyce McIntyre suffering trauma to the upper body. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, says McIntyre's nephew came running over in a panic Saturday afternoon, after attempting to visit his aunt.
He knocked on her door saying, "Geraldine's laying on the floor, she's not breathing I don't think."
The neighbor grabbed her daughter, who is a nurse, and rushed to help.
"She started doing CPR, I started doing the wrist trying to get a pulse, but when I looked at her, I knew she was just gone," she says.
Police have not said whether anything was taken from the home. They are not commenting on a possible motive.
"At this time, it's under investigation as to whether there was any forced entry," says Public Information Officer Cpl. Maria McKinney.
Neighbors say McIntyre did often leave her front door unlocked because she was disabled and received daily food deliveries. Neighbors say McIntyre lived with an adult daughter who is also disabled, but that woman has been in the hospital. So for the past few weeks she has been living alone.
Detectives are following up on an investigative development which led to the description of a possible suspect. He is described as a black male, 5'7" to 5'9", approximately 30-45 years old, with a slim build and dark complexion. The suspect may have been wearing a dark brown or black leather jacket, black skull cap, black pants, and may have been carrying a black bag.
There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online.
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