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Autopsy: Ina Feldman was beaten, strangled in her south Charlotte home

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Ina Feldman was wearing earrings, a necklace and her nightgown when she was beaten and strangled in her home next to Carmel Country Club, an autopsy revealed.

The autopsy conducted on the 82-year-old says Feldman died as a result of the strangulation, although blunt force trauma to the head contributed to her death.

Feldman’s son, Irwin, found her body about 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4 in her townhouse on Torrey Pines Court, a south Charlotte community of mostly older people. He and other family members could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. The autopsy doesn’t give a time of death. Police believe Feldman could have been killed as many as 36 hours before her body was found.

No one had been arrested in the case by late Tuesday, nearly four months after the killing, and police have not released information about a suspect or revealed other developments in the case. The killing in a part of the city that has little violent crime has put residents on edge. Police beefed up patrols and held meetings with neighborhood leaders after Feldman’s killing. And officers conducted free security assessments of the homes on Torrey Pines Court.

Still, Feldman’s killing is the type of crime that rattles residents most – a brutal and unexpected attack on a woman in her own home.

Investigators have not released a suspected motive, or said whether she was the victim of a robbery. And they haven’t said whether there were signs of forced entry or a struggle at Feldman’s one-story townhouse just off Carmel Road.

The son who found Feldman told 911 dispatchers, “It looks like she was robbed in her house. It looks like she was attacked, and there’s stuff all over broken.”

Feldman, who stood 5 feet, 1 inch and weighed 142 pounds, was wearing her nightgown when she was killed, according to the autopsy. She also had on yellow metal earrings with black stones, a matching necklace with a clear stone pendant and a bracelet.

Her son found her lying in bed, her face, hair and the bed covered in blood, and she had no pulse.

The autopsy showed she had injuries all over her body – cuts on her face and head, blows to her right eye and the back of her head, multiple bruises on her right arm, and a fractured left thumb.

Police encourage anyone with information on Feldman’s death to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Investigators won’t say when they think Feldman was killed, but they asked people to come forward if they had seen anything suspicious in the neighborhood beginning about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 3.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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