Police Investigate Killing of 99-Year-Old Hudson Valley Woman

Fannie Gumbinger was just shy of her 100th birthday

Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 6:52 AM EDT
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99-Year-Old Widow Killed in NY Home: Police

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A 99-year-old Hudson Valley woman was found dead in her home Wednesday morning, and police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Fannie Gumbinger's body was discovered in her Poughkeepsie home by a caretaker, according to police. She was just shy of her 100th birthday.

The caretaker called police to report "suspicious circumstances" inside the house.

The Dutchess County medical examiner said Gumbinger died of multiple injuries but did not elaborate on the specific cause of death, citing the ongoing investigation. 

Gumbinger's husband died five years ago, and she lived alone, according to neighbors, who were on edge after the suspicious death. 

"If it's random, then yeah, it's very scary. If it's an intentional thing -- because whoever knew that she was alone, knew no one was there during the night with her, that type of thing -- that's horrible. Is it someone that knew her?" wondered Jane Bunt. 

Police urge residents to make sure their doors and windows are locked at night or when they are away from home.

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