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Coroner: No signs of struggle in fatal stabbing case - abc27 WHTM

Coroner: No signs of struggle in fatal stabbing case

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HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) -

An autopsy has confirmed that an 87-year-old woman who died in a Hershey area home early Monday is the victim of a homicide, according to the coroner.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said there were no signs of a struggle on the body of 87-year-old Joyce Roth, and that she was likely killed in a surprise attack.

Roth, of Allentown, died at a hospital after she was stabbed in the chest early Monday while staying at the home of her son and daughter-in-law on Byron Road in Derry Township.

Police have said it appears Roth may have been stabbed during a burglary. They said a wallet and purses belonging to Roth and others were missing from the home.

Investigators said Roth was stabbed with a chef's knife from the kitchen while she was in a guest bedroom.

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