Investigators this week continued searching for leads in the troubling murder of an 81-year-old Northwest woman.
Early Friday, May 23, a friend found the body of Dorothy “Betty” Carras in her home on the 1600 block of West Chimayo Place, near the intersection of North La Cañada Drive and West Magee Road. Carras’ corpse displayed “obvious signs of trauma,” according to Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Dawn Hanke.
Investigators believed Carras was killed sometime Thursday night. “She had been seen by friends late in the afternoon the day before,” Hanke said.
The friend who found her body was supposed to have met her for a walk early Friday morning.
Carras, whom friends called “Betty,” lived alone in the Northwest neighborhood.
She volunteered as a docent at Tohono Chul Park, only a couple of miles from her home.
“Betty Carras was a longtime park docent and a vibrant member of our community,” park officials said in a statement. “She will be sorely missed by everyone at Tohono Chul Park. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends in this difficult time.”
Investigators have not released any information about how Carras’ killer entered her home or what the motive for her murder may have been.
“They don’t have anything new at this point,” Hanke said Monday of investigators’ progress on the case. “They’re working on it.”
Anyone with information about the case may call the Sheriff’s Department tip line at 741-4810.