Death of 78-year-old Lethbridge woman ruled a homicide

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WATCH ABOVE: Police confirm Lethbridge’s first homicide of 2016. Irene Carter was found dead in her home Sunday, as Quinn Campbell reports, police are trying to piece together a timeline leading up to her death – Jan 19, 2016

LETHBRIDGE – The death of a 78-year-old woman found lifeless in her south side home on Sunday is the city’s first homicide of 2016, according to police.

Family members discovered Irene Carter’s body in a home on Normandy Road South just after 2 p.m.

The Lethbridge Police Service had originally classified the death as suspicious, but Kristen Harding with LPS says an autopsy confirmed foul play.

“The Calgary Medical Examiners office determined Mrs. Carter died as a result of stab wounds and as such the death has been ruled a homicide,” said Harding.

WATCH: Lethbridge police are investigating after an elderly woman was found dead in a south-side home Sunday afternoon. Global’s Quinn Campbell reports.

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Investigators are now attempting to determine more details about Carter’s activities prior to her death, and would not say how long she was in her home before she was found.

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“We do have that information but that is not something we are releasing at this time,” said Harding. “It is part of the investigation and time line, just to piece together her whereabouts, her activities in the days and hours leading up to her death.”

Neighbour Gord Whitney says he knew Carter and visited with her and her husband regularly.

“They would sit outside in front of their garage, nice people. I feel sad for the family,”  said Whitney.

Police have already conducted a neighbourhood canvass and interviewed numerous family members and acquaintances. It is anticipated officers will remain at the scene until late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or contact Crime Stoppers.

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