Update: Woman Found Dead in Sedalia Home
SEDALIA- Early Tuesday morning, a nurse found one of her patients had been beaten and stabbed to death in the patients home in Sedalia's suburbs. Crystal Vasquez found her neighbor, 76-year-old Rebekah Marcus of Sedalia, beaten and stabbed to death on the floor of her suburban Sedalia home.
Commander Larry Ward released the Marcus's name to KOMU Wednesday morning. He also said the rural major case squad is on the scene and the police are following up on several leads. Ward said the preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head, strangulation and stabbing.
The 76-year-old Marcus had a respiratory health condition and Vasquez checked on her 3-4 times a week. She lives across the street from the victim, noticed her neighbor's garage door was left open all night which is pretty unusual. Vasquez described seeing her neighbor's body on the floor as "shocking."
"You know, I've been in her house hundreds of times," Vasquez explains, "And I couldn't even find my way out because I was just like 'wow' and I couldn't believe someone would do something like that."
The nurse found her patients body around 7:30 a.m. and Vasquez's father called the police. Sedalia police sent out their physical evidence task force this morning to collect evidence and search for leads.
Neighbors say her husband died 3 months ago and they don't know any of her other relatives. Except maybe a foster son who now lives in Kansas City.
Even though her family cannot be found, almost ten neighbors and friends stood across the street from her house and shared stories and memories of their beloved neighbor.
Vasquez's father, Paul Bennett, says, "She's a fine lady, gonna be missed by everyone in the neighborhood."
The Sedalia task force will meet Wednesday morning to further investigate the crime.