Police call death of Westchester millionaire’s 83-year-old wife suspicious

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. — Police say they suspect foul play in the death of the 83-year-old wife of a millionaire McDonald's franchisee found dead at their New York hilltop estate.

New York State Police say a property caretaker found Lois Colley dead Monday in the laundry room of her home in North Salem, in Westchester County.

Police believe she was the victim of a homicide from blunt force trauma.

The Journal News reports that Colley's husband, Eugene, is known for his empire of roughly 100 McDonald's restaurants.

Police have not said how Colley died or whether there are any suspects in her death. Investigators have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon.

"This is a shocking and disturbing crime in what is usually a quiet and peaceful town in Westchester County," Lieutenant Paul DeQuarto stated.

Major Robin H. Benziger, Troop Commander of Troop K, said, "the community should remain alert and vigilant in reporting to police any suspicious activity, vehicles or persons in the North Salem area."

Anyone with information about the death is asked to call investigators at 914-277-3177 or the police's 24-hour line at 914-769-2600.

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