79-year-old woman found dead inside home after apparent break-in

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Investigators said a 79-year-old woman was found dead inside her Rowan County home after what appears to be a break-in.

Deputies said they responded around 8 p.m. Thursday to a possible homicide call at a home on Wyatt Grove Church Road.

According to investigators, a family member of Judy Eller Hoffner came to her home and discovered her dead inside. She lived alone.

Deputies said the home appeared to have been broke into and Hoffner was murdered inside.

It’s unclear if deputies have any suspects. No additional information has been released.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Simmons or Sgt. Greene at (704) 216-8686 or Maj. C. Moose (704) 216-8687.

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