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Police Investigate Death at Downtown Elderly Home

Posted December 13, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Raleigh police are interviewing residents of an affordable housing complex for the elderly after a 60-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment.

Sixty-six year old Bertha Dockery was found by her son in a fifth-floor apartment of the old Sir Walter Hotel. But residents told WRAL-TV5'sAmanda Lambthat the woman had been beaten to death. Police, however, refused to reveal a cause of death or a possible motive.

Police were called to the building about 8 a.m. by Dockery's son, who made daily visits to the downtown building, and residents were being interviewed by detectives.

Police said they were treating the incident as a homicide and were still examining Dockery's room.

The Sir Walter is home to about 1,100 elderly residents, many of whom say they are concerned about their safety in light of Dockery's death.