Elwood Police make arrest in woman's murder

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Elwood Police have arrested a 68-year-old man in connection with the murder of an Elwood great grandmother.

Linda Speer, 66, was found dead in her home Tuesday night. The coroner determined she had been beaten and stabbed.

On Friday, Elwood Police announced the arrest of 68-year-old George Knotts on preliminary charges of murder, strangulation, criminal confinement and aggravated battery.

Investigators believe the murder took place sometime late Sunday night into early Monday afternoon. Neighbors tell Eyewitness News her daughter hadn't heard from her and came to check in late Tuesday night. That's when she found her mother's body.

Speer, 66, was a great grandmother. Her neighbors were shocked by her death.

If you needed her last ten dollars she would give it to you she wouldn't hurt a flea," said neighbor Judy Criscione.

That's a common feeling among those who knew Speer.

"Linda was a real nice person. She would do anything for anybody she was help with everybody and anybody. I don't know maybe that wasn't a good thing in this situation," Bill Huntsman said.

Speer routinely came across the street for coffee, but hadn't shown up since before the holiday weekend.

"By Tuesday I got a funny feeling something was wrong," Criscione said.

"My mother lives in the neighborhood real close and I'm concerned for my mother and will be taking extra precautions because of that," Huntsman said.

"I don't know who would do this or why they would do this I can't figure it out she has a wonderful family and kids," Criscione said.

The results of the autopsy say that Speer died of blunt force trauma to head and multiple traumatic sharp injuries to the chest.

Eyewitness News archives indicate this is the first suspicious death in Elwood since 2008.