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Police say no suspects ruled out in the murder of North Salem's Lois Colley

Police conducting a grid search of the victim's property on Titicus Road in North Salem. Credits: New York State Police
State Police discussing the investigation at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.  Credits: Catherine Ferris
Lois and Eugene Colley at Mashomack Preserve Club in Pine Plains in 2012.  Credits: Courtesy

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - State Police say they are not ruling out anyone as suspects in the murder of North Salem resident Lois Colley. 

The 83-year-old wife to McDonald’s franchise owner Eugene Colley was found dead in the laundry room of her home on Titicus Road.

Police said that their preliminary investigation revealed that Colley was killed as a result of blunt force trauma.

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Major Robin Benziger said New York State Police were called to investigate the death after a 911 call was made by the property caretaker at around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. 

Lt. Paul DeQuarto had no comment about the murder weapon. However, he noted that there were no valuables taken other than a fire extinguisher that police believe was removed from the property. 

"In an investigation, especially early on, no one is ruled out, but he’s not a suspect,” DeQuarto said during a press conference Tuesday in a statement about Eugene Colley. 

“At this point on, it’s early in the investigation. We’re not ruling out anyone, but there are no persons of interest,” he said.

DeQuarto said that Colley was last known to be alive around 3 p.m., making the time frame of the crime to be between 3 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.

“We encourage the community to remain alert and vigilant and to report any suspicious activity, vehicles or persons in the North Salem area,” said Benziger.

Calls can be made to 914-277-3177 or 914-769-2600.

The State Police were assisted by the Town of North Salem Police Department.
"This is a shocking and disturbing crime in what is usually a quiet and peaceful town in Westchester County," DeQuarto said. 

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