Police Are Looking for the Man Who Carjacked and Murdered an 83-Year-Old Arlington Woman [Update]
Updated on June 5: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram identifies the victim as Leona Swafford, who was described by relatives as "frail and very religious."
The carjacker remains on the loose.
Original post: A neighbor saw the scene unfold: an 84-year-old woman pulls her 2010 Lincoln into the driveway of her home on a typically quiet street next to Vandergriff Park in Arlington. A man approaches and begins to assault the woman, then gets into the driver's seat and takes off, with the woman still inside.
Arlington police said the neighbor tried to intervene but, after a brief struggle, was unable to keep the attacker from jumping into the car. Instead, he called police, who swarmed the neighborhood and surrounding area in search of the woman, her attacker, or the vehicle.
They found the woman first. Her body was recovered three miles away, in the 1900 block of Kimberly Drive, at about 10 a.m. An initial exam suggested she'd died as a result of head trauma, though police are still awaiting results from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
She has not yet been identified, but NBC 5 provides the mildly enlightening detail that she's related to a retired Arlington police officer.
The car was discovered an hour later, abandoned in an the parking lot of an apartment complex on Arlington's Elm Street. The carjacker is still on the loose, described as a black man in his mid-40s with a bald head and stocky build. At the time of the attack, he was wearing dark pants and a white or purple shirt.
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