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Car found in case of slain 85-year-old Philadelphia woman

PHILADELPHIA - Investigators say they have found the car missing from the home of an elderly woman found beaten and stabbed in the bedroom of her northwest Philadelphia home.

Police say 85-year-old Regina Brunner was found with her throat slashed at about 11 a.m. Monday in the East Mount Airy section of the city. She was pronounced dead at the scene, reports CBS Philly.

Officials said her 2007 silver Toyota Corolla was missing from the driveway, but the home wasn't ransacked and there were no signs of forced entry. Police said the car was found Tuesday morning about six miles away in north Philadelphia. No arrests have been reported in the case.

Philadelphia Police Homicide Captain James Clark told the station that the victim was found inside a first floor bedroom.

"It was very brutal. I mean you have an 85-year-old female that can't defend herself. She's beaten and she's stabbed multiple times and ultimately, her throat was slit," said Captain Clark.

"Detectives canvassing the area, we're knocking on doors, we're going to look to see if there's any surveillance video, but right know we don't know what we have," said Clark.

According to CBS Philly, Brunner was quite active in the community-- she worked two days a week as an assistant at the Chestnut Hill Local, a weekly community paper.

"We're shocked. This is not anything we would have ever thought or imagined would happen," said Chestnut Hill Local Editor Pete Mazzaccaro.

Neighbors told CBS Philly that Brunner was well-known, friendly and active.

"She did everything that you would want an 85-year-old to do to have a full and vibrant life. So she went to the gym, she did her crossword puzzles," said neighbor Leon King.

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