64-Year-Old Found Murdered in Lansing Home

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

A 64-year-old woman was found murdered in her west side Lansing home early Monday evening, according to investigators.

They say a family member found her and called police to the scene on South Genesee Drive near Sexton High School.

Kathy Sumbal lives across the street. She says she never noticed any problems at the home.

"No fighting," she says. "Just peaceful." Sumbal calls the news "very shocking."

Investigators aren't saying how she died and they say they don't know why anyone would have wanted to kill the woman. That sentiment was echoed by friends who saw her regularly at a neighborhood bar.

The death marks the 13th homicide since January for a city that, on average, has fewer murders in an entire year.

Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley was on the scene Monday evening. He said murders are not going in the direction the department would like, but he pointed out violent crime is down for the first six months of the year.

Alley says no one is in custody and that officers do not have a specific individual they are looking for. He says it's too early to say if the murder was random or if it was connected to any other in the city.

The chief told neighbors there will be more patrols in the area in the coming days.

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