LINCOLN COUNTY • Preliminary autopsy results showed a 77-year-old Lincoln County woman was strangled, police said Tuesday, but they released few other details.
The Major Case Squad continued its investigation into the death of Bonnie Lee Brown, whose body was discovered Monday morning on Sweet Street off of Highway 47.
Family members wondered what the motive might have been, but they said police were questioning the boyfriend of one of Brown's daughters.
Megan Clark, 28, said she did not know who discovered her grandmother's body. Her mother and her mother's boyfriend had been living with Brown, she said, but her mother has been in jail in St. Charles County since last month for passing a bad check. She said police considered her mother's boyfriend a person of interest in the case.
Police would not comment beyond giving the suspected cause of death and Brown's name and age.
About 11 a.m., investigators brought Brown's daughter to the trailer where the body was found and took her inside.
Clark and her boyfriend, Mark Hilding, 49, travel across the country as over-the-road truckers. She said they kept in touch with Brown regularly, and she called her from the road Sunday night.
Hilding referred to Brown as "Grandma Bonnie." He said she used to enjoy dancing, but a stroke had limited her movement. He said he used to jokingly ask her if she were "cutting a rug."
Clark said Brown never backed down from speaking her mind, but was polite.
"She liked keeping things calm," Clark said. "She was a happy person."
A neighbor, Rick Dickerson, 60, said he did not know Brown well, but she was friendly. He questioned why anyone would kill a 77-year-old woman. "That's just sad," he said. "Truly sad."