Death of Breezewood Estates resident is now homicide

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 | 6:32 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A woman assaulted in her home off Lake of the Woods Road has died and her death is being investigated as a homicide, Boone County Sheriff's Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

Aletha M. Turner, 67, was found unconscious by relatives Monday morning at her Dewey Lane home in the Breezewood Estates subdivision in northeast Columbia. Boone County Sheriff’s Department deputies and emergency personnel responded to the family’s calls about 8:30 a.m.

“It was obvious to us at the call that these were substantial injuries,” O’Sullivan said.

Turner was taken to University Hospital, where she died about 3 p.m. Wednesday. A news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said an autopsy is scheduled to determine an exact cause of death.

O’Sullivan said about 25 officers are working on the case.

"We're keeping an open mind and going with the leads," O'Sullivan said. The department has not ruled out any scenarios, he added.

No suspects have been named.

Asked whether the community should be worried, O'Sullivan said, "People should always be cognizant of their surroundings and personal security." It's unfortunate, he continued, that an event of this nature makes people think of these things.

 Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.


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