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Palmdale resident Andrea Perry single mother of six stabbed to death

3/27/2011, 5 p.m.

PALMDALE, Calif.--An investigation was continuing today into the killing of a 50-year-old Palmdale woman who was found stabbed to death in her home, with detectives still hoping to talk to the woman's boyfriend.

"The victim's boyfriend, who has not been named as a suspect, has not yet been contacted. Detectives intend to interview him regarding the incident,'' according to a sheriff's department statement.

Lt. Dave Dolson of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau identified the man as Kenneth Roger Griffin, 51, of the Antelope Valley. Griffin is not a suspect, "but we want to talk to everyone,'' Dolson
said, adding that Griffin had not made himself available to detectives.

Although the coroner's office declined to identify the woman, citing a "security hold,'' neighbors and relatives said the victim was Andrea Perry, a single mother who cared for six children, four of whom were her own and two of whom she was adopting. They ranged in age from 1 to 14.

The woman's body was discovered about 9:30 a.m. Sunday inside a house in the 39000 block of Desert Holly Lane, according to sheriff's Sgt. Michael Thomas.

Neighbor Brett Kepner told Channel 11 he saw Perry's daughter after she discovered her mother's body. "Nine o'clock in the morning, you don't (normally) see a 13-year-old girl in her front yard crying and upset,'' Kepner said.

The victim's brother, Lowell Perry, told Channel 11, "She was the glue to the family. When we would get out of touch with each other, she was the one who brought everybody back together.''

Thomas asked anyone with information to call the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.