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Bedford police release initial suspect in elderly woman's mysterious death after new developments

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UPDATE 6/20/2024: Due to the developments in this case, the initial suspect who was originally arrested and charged with the crime, was released from custody.

The Bedford Police Department announced the arrest of a suspect in the death of a 79-year-old woman who was found dead inside her home.

Police say surveillance video showed a man ring the doorbell at 79-year-old Christine Barsanti's home last Thursday. She opened the door and spoke with the suspect, who asked to use the phone. When Barsanti refused, police say, the suspect forced himself inside.

Barsanti died after being hit by an unknown object, according to police. She was not found until the next day.

Officers identified the initial suspect based on past interactions with him. He was arrested on unrelated charges on Saturday.

The suspect has not yet appeared before a judge, and bond has not been set.

"Our thoughts are with Ms. Barsanti's family, who have been supportive throughout our efforts to bring her justice," Bedford PD Deputy Chief Bobby LaPenna said in a statement Monday.

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