The body of Beulah Dickerson, 91, was found in her Pineland Circle home by her daughter around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say that the cause of death has been ruled as blunt force trauma.
They say that there are no obvious signs of forced entry into the home, but have not said whether anything is missing from inside the house where Dickerson lived for more than 40 years.
Dickerson lived alone. Her family and neighbors say that she was self-sufficient.
"From the information we have now, we know that she was able to take care of herself. Her daughter did bring her food during the day sometimes just to come by and check on her. She wasn't somebody that you had to check on every day according to her family members, " says Lt. G.S. Britt of the Raleigh Police Department.
Lisa Burnett lives in the apartments just a few feet away. Her children have played near Dickerson's home.
"We are a tight-knit little community, but it is a lot of older people out here, and with the kids playing, we are quite concerned about what happened," she says.
Police say that there are no suspects, they have not found a weapon and there is no word on a motive.
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