NEW INFO: Elderly woman found murdered in Greenville home

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – An elderly Greenville woman was found dead in her home Thursday afternoon and police say it was a homicide.

Greenville police said they were called to 300 Contentnea Street for a welfare check after family members could not get in contact with Barbara Fenner.

The 79-year-old woman, who police said was well known to the community, was found dead inside her home.

This afternoon, police detectives were still at the home as was a police crime scene vehicle.

Major Ken Laws said the family last spoke to Fenner on Christmas Eve. The woman lived at the home by herself and Laws said right now police are not saying how they believe she died or if there were signs of forced entry.

Laws said they would have additional officers in the area for patrols, adding that the neighborhood was not a high crime area.

Police are seeking help from anyone that may have information on this homicide. You can call police at 252-329-4186, or Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777.