PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (PIX11) — Westchester County police said Saturday morning that the death of a 76-year-old Pleasantville, N.Y., woman found in her home two days earlier was a homicide.
A pile of mail and newspapers outside the woman's home led police to discover the body inside.
Westchester County and Pleasantville police are investigating the killing of the woman who police later identified as Linda Falkoff.
She was found by a Pleasantville officer Thursday after a mail carrier became concerned about several days' worth of deliveries accumulating outside her Grandview Avenue home, police said.
Police said Falkoff had been dead for at least several days.
The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide by stabbing.
Falkoff was a widow of four years, living alone, who neighbors said kept to herself.
“She had a loud dog, occasionally walked by. You were more aware of the dog, than her, honestly,” said neighbor David Hill.
Investigators have been finding the crime scene challenging to process because of extreme clutter throughout the house, according to Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth.
Amid stacks of boxes and furniture blocking stairways and windows, investigators are expected to dig for clues in the house for several more days. It’s not clear yet if anything was taken.
“Our detectives are interested in speaking with any friends or associates of the deceased, or anyone with knowledge of any living relatives. We would also like to speak to anyone who has seen any suspicious activity around her home in the past week,” said Commissioner Longworth.
Not since Pleasantville volunteer firefighter Thomas Dorr Sr. was slashed and beaten to death during the blizzard of 1996, has the village been shaken by another unsolved murder.
“I’m nervous, but I’ll reserve judgment to see how nervous I get, until I hopefully find out a little bit more from what the police investigation shows,” said Nick Antonaccio, who lives near the crime scene.