Royal Oak Murder Has Residents On Edge

ROYAL OAK (WWJ)   Royal Oak Police are investigating the murder of an elderly woman, found dead in her home near Woodward Ave. and 13 Mile.  Police say 80-year old Nancy Dailey was tied up  and her throat was cut.  Her body was discovered Sunday night by officers who were asked to check on her by concerned loved ones.

Monday morning the yellow crime scene tape remained up on both sides of a one-story house on Trafford Road. A car was still in the driveway and lights on in the house, with a Royal Oak squad car standing outside in what is otherwise a quiet neighborhood.

Mary Ann Van Hietsman, of the Woodward-side Improvements Association, lives a street over from the scene of the crime.

“I see the woman all the time,” Van Hietsman said. “She comes to our neighborhood stuff … and I don’t know. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Van Hietsman is now reaching out to other association members to make them aware of the situation and for residents to lean on one another.

“I feel really scared, really freaked out, afraid to leave my house,” said neighbor Terry Powell, who called Dailey a “sweet lady.”

“I don’t know … it’s just so overwhelming. I can’t even fathom what her family is going through,” she said.

Police, meanwhile, have not released any details or any circumstances surrounding the woman’s death. There are reports that the woman’s throat was cut and her hands were bound.

There’s no word of any suspects or arrests at this time. Anyone who may have any information is being asked to call Royal Oak Police.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com  for the latest.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Murder in Royal Oak, Detroit and all of Michigan when does this stop. A little old lady a stabbing victim that’s personal with no reason and is there ever a good reason to murder someone, no. People who murder like this don’t deserve to stay in prison they should get the death penalty. If the death penalty is illegal in Michigan send these murderers to Afghanistan and let them fight terrorists I’ll bet that you’ll see some cowards in action except you won’t see the same cowardly act of murder they did state side you’ll see them running for their lives.
    Stop putting Police Officers lives in jeopardy by tying their hands and having them have to worry about the criminals rights especially in Detroit when they are being asked to take a pay cut, work without the proper equipment and have to take down young punks running around with AK-47s because they think it’s in vouge and it matches their sagging pants.
    For you kids who are making a fashion statement with the saggy pants and are not really a criminal, get a new identity the police can’t tell you from them.

  2. Shari says:

    She was a sweet lady an now gone because of a terrible crime

    . Sad May she rest in Peace

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