MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - UPDATE Thursday, July 1: Mobile police say the cause of death in the murder of Zoa White was blunt force trauma to the head. The investigation into the homicide continues, and more details will be released as they become available.
Tuesday, June 29: Police are still searching for clues in the mysterious murder of Zoa White. The 69-yea-old woman was found dead in her home Monday after she never showed up to pick up her grandchildren.
Yellow crime scene tape still marks the place where White, a retired realtor was found dead in her home Monday. White lived alone in a two story home at the corner of Springhill Avenue and Silverwood. Mobile Police spokesperson Ron Wallace said she was the victim of a home invasion.
The red back door of the home was found open and the kitchen window was shattered. White was supposed to pick up two of her grandchildren around 8:30 Monday morning. After she never came, her daughter made the phone call to police and reported a possible burglary. Shortly after police arrived, they found White on the first story of the home.
Police are still waiting for autopsy results to come back. They hope that will give them a better idea of how, and even why, White was killed.
"At this point in the investigation of course you still see investigators combing through any type of evidence that could have been left behind by the suspect. The autopsy is being done and as soon as that can get done maybe we'll have more details to give to the people so they'll know exactly what occurred here on the night in question of Ms. White's death," Wallace said.
Police are not able to say whether or not anything was taken from the home during the invasion.
Neighbors who live on Silverwood can't believe what happened and want answers about what happened.
"She was just a wonderful lady. Everyday when I was walking my daughter we would see her gardening and stop by and say hi and we hate it's a tragedy and we hate what's happened," said a neighbor.
Police have been monitoring the home since a burglary call was made. Wallace said that's just in case someone comes back to the scene with information that may lead to an arrest.
Zoa's family has been at the home for hours each day and Tuesday, White's daughter said they are trying to stay out of the way of police and the investigation in hopes that something will be discovered and someone will be held responsible.
White worked on several political campaigns including Governor Bob Riley's and recent gubernatorial candidate Bill Johnson.
In a phone interview Johnson spoke very highly of White saying she was outstandingly dedicated and was a great caring woman for people.
Johnson said he drove to White's home right when he got the news Monday.
White also served as the head of Mentor Alabama, a program to help kids stay in school.
Her family and police are asking for your help in finding the person responsible for White's death.
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