Halifax Regional Police have charged a 62-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of an 85-year-old woman in Dartmouth earlier this month.
Police say they found the woman dead at an address on Lynwood Drive at 11:12 a.m. on July 11.
Eleanor Noreen Harding’s death was later deemed suspicious as a result of evidence investigators gathered.
An autopsy was conducted and the medical examiner ruled that Harding’s death was a homicide.
Richard George Willis, 62, of Truro, N.S., is now facing second-degree murder and break-in charges in relation to the incident.
Willis was arrested in Dartmouth on July 30 and is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth court at a later date.
Police are looking to identify anyone who may have picked up someone hitch-hiking between Dartmouth and Truro between 2 a.m. and noon on July 10.
Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call police at 902-490-5020 or to contact Crime Stoppers.