Reporting Bud Gillett
ARLINGTON (CBS 11) - On what would have been Leona Swafford’s 84th birthday had she not been taken from the driveway of her home, investigators from the Arlington Police Department are trying to create a timeline and looking for evidence in in her death.
Swafford was accosted in her driveway Tuesday morning. She and a neighbor fought back, but the suspect took her. For the next 90 minutes there was a frantic effort to locate the stolen car as it was seemingly driven through the area.
By 10 a.m., three miles away in a neighborhood behind a strip shopping center at New York and Park Row — her lifeless body was discovered, reportedly by workmen. The medical examiner would later report she died from a head injury, asphyxia and a gunshot wound. She may have been killed mere minutes before she was found. Investigators don’t know where she and the suspect were during that time.
At 11 a.m., police discovered her car had been driven to a nearby apartment complex and abandoned. They retrieved some surveillance video from businesses here and elsewhere, but need more, as police echoed a plea from earlier in the week.
“There may be some private residences that have surveillance in any of these three areas or any of these paths the suspect might have taken,” Sgt. Christopher Cook told reporters Wednesday. Investigators need to know where the suspect first came from, where he took Ms. Swafford, and where he went after abandoning her car. They want private video, even cell phones, according to Cook.
“If you have private surveillance footage and you didn’t realize, you might have caught something. We ask you to review it, call us, we’ll review it for you.”
Police hope a composite sketch of the suspect, coupled with citizen recollections of what was going on at the three locations during those critical hours, will lead them to a suspect’s name. Investigators have worked more than 120 tips as of midday Friday.
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