Police: Woman in her 70s found dead in home after welfare check

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Police found a woman in her 70s dead inside her own home. Rock Hill police told Eyewitness News they're investigating the death on South Jones Street as a homicide.

Police said they left the station Friday afternoon to check on Cora Campbell. Her family called them concerned because they hadn't heard from her since Monday. When they arrived at her home, they found her dead.

Campbell's death has rattled neighbors who refer to her as a woman of faith and a good neighbor.

"Just very nice neighbors so I have no idea what could have happened," Juanita Nichols said. "It is very, very shocking and disturbing."

Nichols says the elderly woman kept to herself and had recently been taking care of her husband.

"I've been gone a lot, but when I came back she came out and told me her husband had…died on Friday, and she was getting ready to go the funeral," Joseph, another neighbor, said. "And that was the last time I saw her."

Joseph says he was very close to Campbell and that his daughter even called her "grandma."
He says her life revolved around the church.

"She was old, and she didn't hurt nobody," Joseph said. "She couldn't do anything to anybody. And all she cared about was doing her sermons in the church."

Police have not told Eyewitness News how Campbell died, if she was robbed or even if they're searching for a killer.

An autopsy will be performed Saturday.