Police report: Dead woman's jewelery box was ransacked
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says an 89-year-old Macon woman was found dead in her home Thursday after police performed a welfare check around 1 a.m.
According to a police report, Christine Cook of 2923 General Lee Road was found dead in her bedroom, her face was covered. Officers noted the door leading from the garage to the kitchen was open and her car was missing. A jewelery box in a bathroom appeared to be ransacked according to the report.
Cook's car was found a few hundred yards from her house, parked facing the wrong direction on Picket's Ridge Road.
Police aren't taking questions regarding the case, but say they're treating it as a homicide.
While many rumors are floating around the neighborhood, most people say they're just trying to piece together what could have happened.
"First time I heard about it was my neighbor called me next door, and told me Christine had, was dead, and didn't know what happened," said neighbor Jay Stalnaker.
Neighbors say Cook's car had been parked on Picket's Ridge Road since 10 a.m. Wednesday. A welfare check was requested around Midnight Wednesday.
Crime scene tape has become common in the area lately. Only 12 days earlier and three blocks away from cook's home, 58-year-old Gail Spencer was found dead inside her home.
Four suspects now face murder charges in connection to the Spencer homicide investigation.
"It's very scary, it makes me feel a little unsafe honestly, and this has always been a very safe neighborhood before, so it's kind of unnerving," said neighbor Christine Cook.
Neighbors say police are following up on several leads. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says police have asked him to limit information given to the Media, but he did say this is one of the saddest cases he's seen as a Bibb County Coroner.