Crime & Courts

82-year-old woman found killed off Carmel Road

As investigators implored anyone with information to come forward, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police conceded Tuesday that they had few answers in the killing of Ina Feldman. Still, one question hung over the south Charlotte community where her body was found: Who would want to see the 82-year-old dead?

A family member found Feldman’s body around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in her townhome on Torrey Pines Court, a south Charlotte community of mostly older people between Quail Hollow Country Club and Carmel Country Club where there is very little crime. Family members couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Police said Wednesday morning there were no updates on the case. Patrol cars were parked throughout the night at the community where Feldman lived.

Feldman’s home was the last on the block, with only a stand of trees between it and Carmel Road. During an afternoon news conference, police said they needed the public to come forward and said they didn’t have many answers in the killing.

“I’ll be just very frank with you – we need the public’s help regarding this case,” said Maj. Mike Smathers.

Police said they weren’t sure how Feldman died. Smathers wouldn’t talk about the condition of her body.

It was unclear whether Feldman was killed by someone she knew or a stranger. Police wouldn’t speculate on a motive in Feldman’s killing or say whether there were signs of forced entry or a struggle at her house.

Investigators also wouldn’t say when they believe she 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. Monday.

A number of officers and detectives spent much of Tuesday at the crime scene. Investigators went door to door in the community on a gray and drizzly afternoon, looking for possible witnesses.

They had also increased their patrols in the area, both in hopes of locating a suspect and to give frightened residents peace of mind, said Lt. Travis Pardue, who oversees the area where the killing happened.

“In this neighborhood we generally see very, very low levels of violent crime,” Pardue said. “Obviously, the neighborhood’s extremely concerned. ... This is the type of thing that is extremely rare.”

He said police didn’t typically respond to many crimes in Feldman’s community and are usually on her block only as part of routine police patrols.

Last year, police investigated 58 homicides but none in the police division in south Charlotte where Feldman’s body was found. The Observer’s Davie Hinshaw contributed.