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Police identify elderly woman stabbed to death in Avondale

A woman in her 70s was stabbed to death at her home in the Four Winds East apartments in Avondale on Sunday night. Source: Clare Huddleston/WBRC A woman in her 70s was stabbed to death at her home in the Four Winds East apartments in Avondale on Sunday night. Source: Clare Huddleston/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham police have identified the elderly woman who was found stabbed to death inside her Avondale home on Sunday night as Linda Allbritton. Police say she was in her 70s.

Officers believe a burglar broke into her home around 6 p.m., encountered the victim and stabbed her in the chest and neck.

BPD Lt. Sean Edwards said a neighbor went inside Allbritton's home after noticing something was wrong. Once inside, she found her friend's body.

The neighbor said Allbritton was one of the sweetest people she had ever met and she loved cats.

The neighbor said it was actually one of Allbritton's cats that alerted her that something was wrong by whining outside.

The neighbor said the woman's car was missing, but no one had seen her leave. The neighbor also said Allbritton's purse and her belongings were scattered on the floor.

The neighbor says it appears that someone broke in the back door and hit the woman in the back of her head.

Police officers were called to the woman's home at the Four Winds East apartments in the 600 block of 39th Street South around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Police said Allbritton was lying on the floor with apparent stab wounds to her neck and chest. Birmingham Fire and Rescue officials pronounced her dead on the scene.

Allbritton's tan Buick car was stolen, but police found the car around 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 4200 block of 3rd Avenue South, near where she lived.

Lt. Edwards says they do not have any suspects in custody at this time.

He added that investigators believe Albritton was targeted by those preying on the elderly. Edwards said evidence may be found in the car to lead to the suspects.

The neighbor who found Allbritton said back in December, two suspects tried to steal the elderly woman's car, but she chased them away. The neighbor believes that incident may be connected, but police haven't confirmed that information.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the BPD Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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