Death of 92-Year-Old Woman in Huntington Beach Investigated as Homicide; Investigators Search for Leads

Authorities are seeking the public's help in investigating the death of a 92-year-old woman found dead inside her Huntington Beach home earlier this week, police said Friday.

Ruth Strange was located deceased after officers performed a welfare check at her residence on the 6800 block of Vista Del Sol around 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Huntington Beach Police Department said on Facebook.

Strange lived in the home alone, detectives said. According to neighbors, her husband had died a number of years ago.

Neighbors described her as frail, and said she used a walker. But her daughter would visit daily, taking her to the doctor or lunch, they said.

Officials did not say who requested the welfare check.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Neighbor Sue Abbott said she was "stunned" and had "no idea whatsoever" what could have happened.

The investigation was launched based on "information developed at the scene," according to the police press release. Detectives have since been working to locate evidence and develop leads.

Officials were not providing further details about the circumstances surrounding Strange's death, citing the ongoing investigation.

A woman who had been the victim's friend for decades but did not want to publicly identify herself said a few days before police discovered the body, she'd heard Strange's side gate slamming back and forth — something she found odd, since Strange always made sure to latch the gate.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 714-375-5066. Anonymous tips may be submitted via 800-782-7463.