Independence neighbors saddened, worried over 63-year-old woman’s homicide

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Independence police are now calling a suspicious death Tuesday night a homicide.

Detectives were on the scene near East 27th and Hardy throughout the evening, as officers gathered near a home where a body was found – finally going inside to examine the crime scene after spending about three hours outside while they waited for a search warrant.

Family of the victim told FOX 4 that the victim was a 63-year-old mother who lived alone in the home. The family member says she was concerned about her mother and when she went to check on her, she found her body in the home.

Police return to the Independence home and use a metal detector to look for evidence.

Police return to the Independence home and use a metal detector to look for evidence.

On Wednesday, Independence police detectives were seen going back inside the home.  They used a metal detector in the yard. Tuesday night, police wouldn't say if they were looking for any suspects – which is unnerving for some neighbors - who shudder at the thought that someone out there might be responsible.

“That's very offputting, you know then it's a reality at that point, you don’t really know what's going on and like I said, it could be somebody targeting random people, it could be a planned thing, you never know, so it just kind of keeps you on your toes a little bit,” said neighbor Tyler Forte.

Independence police were also working another crime scene Tuesday night at a gas station near River and Truman.

Detectives at scene of Independence home wear protective covers over their shoes as they look for evidence.

Detectives at scene of Independence home wear protective covers over their shoes as they look for evidence.

Officers at that scene told FOX 4 they towed a car and were combing through surveillance video – but would not confirm yet if these two incidents are related. Investigators did confirm that the deceased individual whose death is being investigated had a vehicle missing from their home. Neighbors say they thought the woman was on vacation because they hadn't seen her vehicle.

John Syme, Independence Police Department public information officer, said more information is expected to be released later Wednesday. Refresh this page for updates and look to FOX 4 newscasts for new developments.