New Smyrna Beach cops: Elderly woman found beaten to death in home; search under way for victim's car

Headline Surfer® graphic / Above is a locator map showing the location of homicide victim Darlene Robertson's beach-side residence where she was found bludgeoned to death.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A 64-year-old woman was found beaten to death in her home at 405 DeSoto Drive by her grown son, New Smyrna Beach police said.

Here is a synopsis of the what occurred after NSBPD received a 9-1-1 call at 10:24 a.m. as described by police spookesman Sgt. Shane Riggle: Earlier this morning, the son of Darlene Robertson responded to her residence at after she did not show up for work today. "

"The son found the female unresponsive on the floor and called police," Riggle told Headline Surfer®. "Police and medical personnel responded to the house and found the female deceased. Police observed injuries on the body to include blunt trauma type wounds to the head and cuts or stab wounds to the midsection. "

NSBPD spokesman Sgt. Shane Riggle on the homnicide/ Headline Surfer®Here is a synopsis of the what occurred after NSBPD received a 9-1-1 call at 10:24 a.m. as described by police spookesman Sgt. Shane Riggle, shown here at left: "

"Earlier this morning, the son of Darlene Robertson responded to her residence at after she did not show up for work today. 

"The son found the female unresponsive on the floor and called police," Riggle told Headline Surfer®. "Police and medical personnel responded to the house and found the female deceased. Police observed injuries on the body to include blunt trauma type wounds to the head and cuts or stab wounds to the midsection. "

A crime scene has been established and an investigation is underway by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office.

New Smyrna Beach cops ask that anyone who spots a 2006 beige or tan Nissan Altima with Florida tag 803-MBW to please contact Central Dispatch at 386-424-2000 and advise on the whereabouts. The car belongs to the deceased woman.

Crime Stoppers Reward:

NSBPD Detective Nikki Diffin / Headline Surfer®Anyone with information on the homicide is is asked to call NSBPD Detective Nikki Diffin, shown here at left, at 386-424-2248 or by contacting Crime Stoppers toll free, at (888) 277-TIPS (8477). All callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward up to $1000 for information leading to an indictment in Darlene Robertson's bludgeoning homicide.

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