Woman slain at home

March 08, 1993

A 64-year-old woman was found slain yesterday in the basement laundry room of her home in the 3400 block of W. Caton Ave., with electrical cord wrapped around her neck, city police said.

The body of Margaret Elizabeth Guthrie was found about 2:25 p.m. by a Southwestern District police officer summoned to the house by friends who missed her when she didn't attend church services.

The cord was one of five used by Ms. Guthrie as clothesline. The victim did domestic work for friends in the neighborhood and was separated from her husband, police said.

The woman's purse was found near her body, but her wallet was missing, police said.

Homicide detective Daniel Boone said Ms. Guthrie probably was killed Friday, the last time anyone saw her alive, and said she may have allowed her killer into her rowhouse, which showed signs of ransacking but none of forced entry.

"It appears she was taking groceries out of a bag and hadn't yet put them in the refrigerator in the basement, when someone killed her," he said.

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