Elderly Stockton homicide victim suffered severe body trauma

6:52 PM, Jul 6, 2012   |    comments
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Hazel Dingman found murdered in Stockton.

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton Police identified the elderly woman murdered at her home on Downing Avenue Thursday as 84-year-old Hazel Dingman.

Dingman's body was discovered by her daughter Thursday around 4:00 p.m. and police say there were obvious signs of trauma to her body and she may have been sexually assaulted.

The secluded three-acre crime scene is so complex, several different detective units were assigned to investigate.

"We have our burglary detectives going through their cases and we have sexual assault detectives going through sex offender registrants living in the area," said Det. Joe Silva on how the department is trying to piece together what happened behind Dingman's fenced-in property.

Dingman's property sits back on a dirt road with the Interstate 5 southbound ramp along the left side and a creek to the right. Despite her home being secluded, Dingman was a visible neighbor. Employees at a nearby Food 4 Less grocery store said Dingman walked to the store every day. She didn't keep a routine, choosing to go to the store at different times on different days.

Police are still trying to figure out how the killer or killers got on her property. Det. Silva said the department has no new leads or suspects.

"We are looking at robbery as a possible motive. Items were strewn throughout the house, but we can't confirm that it's robbery."

Dingman's murder is Stockton's 35th homicide this year and the 13th homicide committed in broad daylight.


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