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Chattanooga grandmother murdered, police tight-lipped

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- It's been two days since a 75-year-old Chattanooga woman was found dead inside her home.

Now, police say she was murdered.

Channel 3 is learning more from neighbors about the case that police refuse to talk about.

"Nobody heard Ralph barking, and usually if he sees somebody or something he's pretty vocal," says Jake Cooper.

Jake Cooper can't understand why no one on Marco Circle heard anything the day his neighbor was killed.

"She was found with a vacuum cleaner cord wrapped around her, and her hands were in pretty bad shape where her jewelry had been removed from her hands," Cooper says.

Chattanooga Police have identified the woman as 75-year-old Joanne Desha.

When her adult children couldn't reach her, they visited her home and found her on the floor unresponsive.

A department spokesperson released a brief statement Monday, saying the case is being investigated as a murder, but refused to answer any questions.

The Hamilton County Medical Examiner has not released official autopsy results, but his preliminary findings are enough to declare this case a homicide.

"Nobody wants to pass away, but to go out like that is a very sad situation," Cooper says.

Jake Cooper says neighbors are staying alert.

"We're all looking out for each other," he says.

Cooper hopes an arrest will be made. Until then, he's thinking of Joanne Desha's family.

"Pray for her family, remember this family in your prayers tonight," he says.

Police have not confirmed robbery as the motive, and are not releasing any details about possible suspects.

Stay with for updates to this developing story.


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