Autopsy Shows 100-Year-Old Was Murdered

Nursing home resident Elizabeth Barrow found strangled
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2009 11:31 AM CDT
Elizabeth W. Barrow

(Newser) – A Massachusetts medical examiner has ruled the death of a 100-year-old nursing home patient a homicide by strangulation. Elizabeth Barrow was found dead in her room Sept. 24, with a plastic bag over her head and no obvious signs of struggle, a law enforcement source tells the Standard-Times of New Bedford. After the autopsy ruled out out suicide, a police rep says, an “open, ongoing investigation” is under way.

Barrow’s son couldn’t fathom why someone would kill the retired school cafeteria worker. “She loved the nursing home. She had a lot of friends there,” he said. “I hope someone gives me some answers.”