The man who found his 82-year-old mother dead in her south Charlotte home told a 911 dispatcher that Ina Feldman appeared to have been hit on the head and her home had been ransacked, according to a 911 recording obtained by the Observer on Monday.
“It looks like she was robbed in her house,” the caller said. “It looks like she was attacked, and there’s stuff all over broken.”
Feldman’s son, Irwin, found her body about 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4 in her townhome on Torrey Pines Court, a south Charlotte community of mostly older people next to Carmel Country Club.
Feldman was lying in her bed, still dressed in her nightgown, the caller said. Her face, hair and the bed were covered in blood, and she had no pulse.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police initially declined to release the audio of the 911 call to the public. Attorneys for the department released the 5-minute recording on Monday, after the Observer’s request under the N.C. Public Records Law.
No one had been arrested in the case by late Monday, a month after the killing, and police have not released information about a suspect.
The killing in a part of the city that has little violent crime has put residents on edge. Police have beefed up patrols and held meetings with neighborhood leaders to assure them that the neighborhood is safe. They’ve also conducted free security assessments of the homes on Torrey Pines Court.
But officers have declined to speculate on a motive in the killing. 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.
A source told the Observer that Feldman died of blunt force trauma and that the 911 call was placed by Feldman’s son, although identifying information is redacted in the audio recording released by police.
As police and paramedics were en route to the home, the dispatcher began giving the caller instructions to perform CPR, but the caller said he believed Feldman was dead.
“She’s cold. Her body’s just really cold,” the caller says. “It looks like she’s beyond any help.”
Investigators won’t say when they believe Feldman was killed, although they asked for people to come forward if they had seen anything suspicious in the neighborhood beginning about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 3.
Police have asked the public to come forward with tips. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters are eligible for a reward for information that leads to an arrest. Staff researcher Maria David contributed.