A 78-year-old Hyde Park woman was strangled, not beaten to death as earlier reported, coroner’s officials said this week.
Freddie Brandon, 78, died from “asphyxia” from “ligature strangulation,” the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office reported on its website following her autopsy.
Detectives continued their search for whomever killed Brandon.
Brandon’s body was found March 30 inside her ransacked residence in the 5900 block of West Boulevard, south of Slauson Avenue and east of Crenshaw Boulevard.
Firefighters responded about 4 p.m. then called police to the scene and responding officers determined Brandon had been killed about 3:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said.
The victim’s daughter, Mia Brandon, begged her mother’s killer to come forward.
“My mom should have died of old age,” Brandon told CBS2.
Brandon’s granddaughter Rashanda Jones, who lived in the apartment with her, was the first to discover the body, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I feel numb. That was all I knew, to be honest. She was all I had,” Jones told the newspaper.
Police found nothing stolen from the residence, Im said. A motive for the attack was unknown. No suspect information was available, Im said.
The LAPD’s South Bureau Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation.