QUEENS VILLAGE, Queens — Police found a machete at the scene after discovering the body of a woman with a laceration to the back of her head in her Queens Village apartment Wednesday night, the NYPD said.
Authorities said the woman’s daughter called around 7:50 p.m. for a wellness check at her mother’s Hillside Avenue apartment.
When officers arrived to the second-floor apartment, they found the victim — 78-year-old Maria Diaz — lying in her bedroom, unconscious and unresponsive with a laceration to the back of her head.
Diaz was pronounced dead on the scene by EMS.
Police said a machete was recovered from the scene. It was not immediately clear if this was the weapon used.
Blood-stained footprints were also found at the scene, according to police sources.
No arrests had been made Thursday morning and police said the investigation was ongoing.
Police have offered a $2,500 reward for information on the incident.
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