- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—When Susan Furr missed her 5 p.m. dog walking, a routine she never breaks, her friend knew something was wrong.

“My stomach just dropped,” she said.

Ms. Furr and her car were nowhere to be found Friday evening at 1248 Gordon St. The acquaintance, who would only identify herself as Joanie for fear of retribution, twice called police to search the South Toledo residence.

“I told myself, ‘If I don’t see her by 12 o’clock midnight, I’m going to kick the door in with my gun and I’m going in there,’ ” she said. “I didn’t care. I didn’t care.”

The Blade 2015 Homicide Report

Toledo police found the body of Ms. Furr, 61, about 10:10 p.m. inside the house. A police spokesman said Monday the department is investigating her death as a homicide.

An autopsy determined Ms. Furr suffered blunt force injuries to her head, neck, and torso, according to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

Joanie said Ms. Furr was covered in deep bruises. It would be difficult for an assailant to break in, she said, because the home was protected by deadbolt locks.

Family members were shocked this weekend by news of Ms. Furr’s death, said her stepdaughter, Michelle Furr of Toledo. She described Ms. Furr as loving and caring.

“There’s just no excuse for it. It’s angering to the point I want whoever did this to be caught and prosecuted for what they did,” she said.

A neighbor of Ms. Furr, Cecelia Hawkins, said the victim kept to herself. The home was repeatedly targeted by burglars, she said.

Police reports show suspects forced open the door at the Gordon Street house on Sept. 1 and July 24 of last year. An air conditioner was stolen in April, 2012.

Ms. Furr was employed for about five years at Gas Express at 3070 Airport Hwy.

Her manager, George Safadi, said Ms. Furr was dedicated.

“There’s not many people left on the planet like her,” he said.

Ms. Furr is the city’s seventh homicide and ninth for the metro area this year. Toledo recorded 17 homicides through July of last year.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Crime Stopper program at 419-255-1111. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.

Contact Ryan Dunn at: [email protected], 419-724-6095, or on Twitter @rdunnblade.

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