The Trib picked up on the story: http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/10/elderly-woman-found-strangled-in-berwyn.html Elderly woman found strangled in Berwyn
October 26, 2010 4:43 PM
Berwyn police have opened a homicide investigation after a 90-year-old woman was killed early this morning.
An autopsy conducted today determined that Josephine Kestian of the 3300 block of Clarence Avenue was strangled and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Berwyn police officials said they received a 911 call to respond to the woman's home about 1:40 a.m. for an unresponsive female. When they arrived at the home, they found Kestian. She was taken to MacNeal Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:02 a.m., officials said.
The Berwyn Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting interviews and crime scene investigators are continuing to process the scene for evidence, police said.
Neighbors said the woman lived with a son at the home, which today had a seal on the door from the Cook County medical examiner's office. No one was at her home today.
The woman lived in a white stucco bungalow with green trim on a tidy block that included other bungalows and two- and three-story houses. The house is two blocks from MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.
"This is unbelievable," said next-door neighbor Robert Sinder, 72. "We don't know what happened."
He said that Josephine and her late husband, Bill, who died several years ago, owned apartment buildings in Cicero.
Sinder and another neighbor, Glen Mowery, 70, said they rarely saw the woman in recent years except when she would cross the street to attend St. Leonard's Catholic Church. She used a walker, but Sinder said her son recently asked him to come over to watch how much her walking had improved.
A woman at the rectory of St. Leonard's said she was shocked by the news but said she did not know Kestian.
Mowery said Kestian worked as a waitress more than 30 years ago at several restaurants in Berwyn that have since changed hands.
"She had a nice personality," Mowery said.