Police: Millionaire’s wife, 83, died of blunt force trauma

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. (AP) — The 83-year-old wife of a millionaire McDonald’s franchisee found dead in the couple’s New York hilltop estate died of blunt force trauma, police said Tuesday.

A caretaker at the 300-acre manor found Lois Colley’s body in the laundry room of the couple’s home in North Salem, authorities said. The Journal News reported that investigators believe Colley, a socialite know to mingle among New York’s most powerful families, died sometime between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday.

Investigators don’t know the whereabouts of Colley’s husband, Eugene, known for his empire of roughly 100 McDonald’s restaurants, but authorities don’t believe he is a suspect in her death, state police Lt. Paul DeQuatro said at a news conference. There were no signs that anyone had forced their way into the home, which is set back from the road in the quiet Westchester County town.

“We’re asking public to remain vigilant and alert,” DeQuatro said.

State troopers searched the woods along roads near the home on Tuesday. Authorities said a small fire extinguisher was missing from the home, but DeQuatro would not say whether investigators believe it was used to kill Lois Colley.

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