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Elderly Woman's Body Found in Wake County

Posted September 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— An elderly Wake County woman with a reputation for helping strangers may be may be the victim of her own kindness. Her body was found Tuesday inside her home near East Wake High School.

It's a house with a kicked-in back door -- a house with clear signs that the woman struggled for her life.

Now the hunt is on to find out who killed Isabelle Scarboro. Family members and friends called her Belle. In large numbers, they remained gathered around the woman's house late into the evening Tuesday. They said Scarboro was a well-loved woman who lived an exemplary life.

The Wake County Sheriff's Department is looking for clues as to the identity of the killer. Sheriff John Baker says Scarboro apparently died from a severe trauma during what was probably a robbery.

Scarboro's niece, Betty Jones-Core, said the elderly woman was a little afraid of living alone.

Family and friends say they suspect students from nearby East Wake High School. Neighbors Gretta Jenkins and Pete Jeffries both say there has been a great deal of trouble with some students in the neighborhood.

Deputies are looking into the possibility of student involvement. In fact, they discovered Scarboro's body after a student found her driver's license in the school parking lot and turned it in to school authorities. It was the license that led school security to Scarboro's house. When they arrived, they found the back door open and her body inside.

Some Eastern Wake students told WRAL-TV5'sKelly Wrightthat students liked to hang out in old barns on Scarboro's property after school.