Coroner: Woman was beaten to death

Alice Murphy’s death ruled a homicide
By: Brad Smith Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom Police Department is officially investigating Alice Murphy’s death as a homicide. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office released the results of the autopsy on Murphy, 64. They found rib fractures and bruising to her head and face, suggesting Murphy died from injuries sustained from a violent physical assault, according to the report. Murphy was found dead in her Creekside Manor apartment on Dec. 21. That’s the day a friend stopped by her apartment and discovered the body. Fire department paramedics arrived on scene and believing she’d been a victim of assault, they contacted the police department. Officer Jason Browning, the police department’s spokesman, said no signs of forced entry had been discovered. “We haven’t ruled out robbery,” he said. “But, the investigation hasn’t found anything indicating it.” Investigators have learned that during the weekend of Dec. 19-20, Murphy had frequented a number of local bars and restaurants. Browning said that if anyone had seen Murphy during the weekend and noted anything suspicious or unusual, “they need to contact the police department.” A noontime candlelight vigil for Murphy was held at the Mercy Senior Community at 1720 Creekside Drive on Dec. 30. Browning said anyone with information should call (916) 930-1098, e-mail or call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.