Investigation Continues in Martinsburg Homicide

MARTINSBURG, W Va. - Days after she was found murdered, investigators are still searching for a possible suspect in the death of 72-year-old Martha Tyler. 

It's a crime that's rattled the surrounding community. 

"I think right now everyone's trying to come to grips with what happened," said David Grove, victim's neighbor. 

On Saturday afternoon, police responded to Tyler's home on Picture Mountain Drive after her daughter found Tyler dead with a bag over her head and her hands tied behind her back. 
On Monday, the West Virginia Medical Examination's Office performed an autopsy on Tyler's body and determined she died from ligature strangulation and smothering. 

Another piece in this ongoing investigation. 

"We've been canvassing the neighborhoods you know talking with them. We've checked with family members to see you know if there's anyone you know we need to look at outside of the normal neighborhood people," said Kenny Lemaster, Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. 

Investigators say there were no signs of forced entry but two weeks ago, Tyler's back door was kicked in by an intruder who then took off with her purse -- another factor police are investigating 

"She had been the victim of a breaking-and-entering only two weeks ago. And there had been reports that this particular neighborhood had possible break-in's over the last couple of weeks... Which we are exploring those cases now," said Sgt. Ted Snyder, Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. 

It's a murder that's stunned a community. 

"This lady over here didn't need to die like that. And her daughter didn't need to go find her like that, it's just terrible," said Grove. 

Investigators hope to have more leads soon. 

"Hopefully something will break lose and we can give you some news to give closure not only  to the community but especially to the family," said Lemaster. 

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about this case to contact them at (304) 267- 7000 

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