Beating Death Investigation

By: KAKE News
By: KAKE News

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The death of an elderly Wichita woman has police searching for clue, and her neighbors on alert.

Jim and Dorothy Slaughter were beaten and left for dead earlier this month. Tuesday, 86-year-old Dorothy Slaughter died from her injuries.

Right now, police don't have any suspects, and very few clues. It's a situation, which has both them, and the Slaughter's neighbors concerned.

Carleen Westover has added extra locks to every door and window in her home. Carleen says, "I’m not afraid to live here but we are cautious."

Carleen lives next door to the Slaughters. The elderly couple's home on South Pershing was broken into in the middle of the night. The couple was beaten, and left for dead.

Neighbors are concerned, because police don't know yet who is responsible.

Carleen said, "It really concerns us that they are not finding out who it is. There are so many questions."

Lieutenant Gavin Seiler says it could still be some time before they make any progress in the case, because one of the key witnesses just died.

The other witness is an 87-year-old man, who was on the verge of death. Police are talking to him, but the information they get just depends on how fast Jim Slaughter recovers.

Lt. Seiler said, "He seems to be getting better by the day, and that's good for us." It's good news for Carleen as well, but she has no plans to stop looking over her shoulder.

Carleen said, "I thought well if we didn't take precautions and something else happened, then maybe we would wish we would have."

Jim Slaughter is with his family. Police say they are trying to talk with him when they can, while giving him time to recover and grieve for his wife.

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