- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police searched an upscale neighborhood Tuesday for clues in the death of an 86-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in her bed.

Antonia Maria Yager was discovered Monday night by her caretaker. Police said she had been stabbed multiple times.

Neighbors said Yager was a philanthropist and cat lover who took in strays around Windsor Square, a historic section not far from downtown that is dotted with stately mansions. Among them is Getty House, the official residence of Los Angeles’ mayor.

Carolyn Layport, a neighbor and longtime friend of Yager, told the Los Angeles Times that Yager lived alone since her husband died six years ago. Yager’s late husband, Thomas C. Yager, was a prominent Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Homicide detectives were investigating why someone might want to kill the woman. They also haven’t ruled out the possibility that she was a victim of a home-invasion robbery or burglary.

Yager had many valuables, including fine jewelry, but it was unclear whether anything was stolen from the home, Layport said.

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