Death of Oshawa grandmother deemed a homicide

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The suspicious death of a grandmother in Oshawa on Tuesday has now been deemed a homicide.

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Durham Regional Police were call at 3:30 p.m. to a home on Phillip Murray Ave. at Cedar St.

Ruth Humphries, 67, was found dead in her home by her grandson after he returned home.

At first, police deemed her death as suspicious.

“The post-mortem examination revealed significant trauma to the victim’s body that was not consistent with accidental or self-inflicted injuries,” police said in a statement released Thursday, adding the Homicide Unit has taken over the case.

Police say the boy ran to a neighbour for help.

CP24 is reporting that, according to a neighbour, a young boy ran to a neighbour’s house and told them his grandmother was on the floor and there was “blood everywhere.”

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Neighbour Frank Oland said Humphries lived with her daughter Candice, who works doing women’s nail, and her son, who is about 10 years old.

“They have been around for years and I’d talk to them,” Oland said.

The investigation is ongoing and the Forensics Unit is expected to be at the house for the rest of the week.

Susan lives across the street and was working from home on the day Humphries was found dead.

“This is such a quiet area and now there is such an uneasiness,” she said.

Anyone with information about this case are asked to call police at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5247, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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