An 89-year-old woman found early Sunday in her burning Caton Farm Road home was murdered, Crest Hill police said Monday.
Deputy Chief Ed Clark said the death of Dorothy Dumyahn is being investigated as a homicide.
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Clark was tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding Dumyahn’s death, but Chief Dwayne Wilkerson said it appears the elderly woman was murdered, and the fire was set to conceal the crime, according to the Herald-News.
Clark declined to discuss the elderly woman’s cause of death.
“I can’t really elaborate on that for investigative purposes,” he said, adding he also could not discuss whether a suspect has been identified in the case.
Police are interviewing witnesses, and do not believe there is any danger to other members of the community, Clark said.
“With the information we have right now, we do not believe it’s something the public at large should be concerned about,” he said.
Police said Dumyahn, who lived alone, is believed to be the only victim.
The blaze was discovered around 8:50 a.m. when an off-duty Lockport Township firefighter spotted the flames as he passed by the home at 2309 Caton Farm Road.
Clark said Crest Hill police are working with Will/Grundy Major Crimes Task Force to investigate Dumyahn’s murder.