Police have determined an elderly Ephrata woman was the victim of a homicide.
Lucille Moore, 82, was found deceased in the 1200 block of Sunset Street SE around 10 a.m. Monday. An investigation into the incident determined it was a homicide.
Police say details regarding the crime will not be made public until after the investigation is complete.
Neighbor and friend Josephine Hoff says she was shocked when she heard the news Monday morning.
"There was this tape you know around Lucille's and in her back yard, we couldn't figure out what was the problem," Hoff said. "A policeman walked up the alley and I said, 'Is something wrong?' and he said yes, and I said, bad wrong and he said as bad as it can get, but he didn't tell me what was wrong, but I knew it was bad."
Hoff says Moore was a great business woman and owned several rentals properties in the area.
"Lucille was very fair with her renters," Hoff said. "I don't feel like there was any animosity towards Lucille in that respect."
The Ephrata Police Department and Columbia Basin Investigative Team are continuing to look into the incident.