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Condo assault victim, 85, dies from injuries

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The home of Essie McVey has been locked up and declared a crime scene by the state police after the Tuesday morning assault.
An elderly Greencastle woman, the apparent victim of an assault at her Autumn Glen Village Condos residence earlier this week, died Thursday, the Marion County Coroner's Office confirmed.

The apparent homicide victim was identified as Essie McVey, 85.

Although the Greencastle Police Department later confirmed information regarding her death and the "suspicious crime" that reportedly occurred Tuesday morning at Autumn Glen Village Condos, family members have come forward to identify the victim of the assault and ask for help from the community.

Speaking individually to the Banner Graphic, Bryan Gorham and Troy McVey -- grandsons of Essie McVey -- said an unknown assailant entered her home in Greencastle and attacked her.

Essie McVey was taken Tuesday to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, and was taken off life support at noon Wednesday, her grandsons said.

Gorham said he would like any information about the investigation to be taken to the police as soon as possible.

Greencastle Police Chief Tom Sutherlin later confirmed the grandsons' statements, affirming that Essie McVey had passed and the crime occurred mid-morning. Sutherlin also noted that there were no signs of forced entry on the home, and the police department is following several leads.

More details about the specifics of the assault will be released at a later date. Anyone with information about the case may call 653-2925.

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Such a senseless, cowardly crime against someone weaker...prayers of comfort go out to the family of Essie McVey. Hopefully someone will come forward with information on this horrific crime, and the criminal can be prosecuted.

-- Posted by pmoore9630 on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 9:06 PM

Hopefully police can get leads and get this killer locked up fast!

-- Posted by purple_heat on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 9:07 PM

This town has gone crazy. We moved back here to raise our children in a safe community. This is just so sad and senseless. How could anyone do this to an elderly woman?

-- Posted by hometowngirl626 on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 9:16 PM

Prayers for the family!

-- Posted by Leelee3 on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 10:27 PM

Our town and the community are still a safe place to live and raise children. Crime happens everywhere. You can't hide from the real world. Just pray that you live your life to the best of your ability. Please raise your children to have respect for others and live their life as decent people. You have the choice to change the world.

-- Posted by chicken on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 11:31 PM

my prayers go out to Essie's family...these sick ruthless humans need locked an the key thrown away...

-- Posted by jen_9712 on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 1:23 AM

Prayers going out to the family for their loss. The person or persons who treated this lady with such brutality should have the same treatment. The local police department will do everything in their power to find this person and to protect our community. Crime only stops when the community helps.

-- Posted by whatruthinking2 on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 5:45 AM

could anyone explain just what the rational would be to "lock down the schools and day cares" after a crime of this nature?

My prayers are with the families and the hope that who ever did this is caught and executed, not locked up.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 7:13 AM


-- Posted by Michele1953 on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 7:51 AM

exhoosier, It's not necessarily about "locking down" the schools, from my perspective. It is about making the community aware that someone was just killed in the area, and the killer is at large. Evidently Ms. McVey was killed with a gun, which means an armed and dangerous killer was on the loose. If I or my child were in the area, I would like to know this so I could take the actions I felt appropriate to protect my family. I trust law enforcement, schools, and other responsible people with my child, but when it comes down to brass tacks, protecting him is MY job.

-- Posted by Clovertucky on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 8:02 AM

HEARTBREAKING!!!! Who on earth could do this to an elderly woman.....unthinkable! My heart and prayers go out to this family...may God hold you close. Rest in peace, Essie McVey.

-- Posted by John3:16 on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 8:11 AM

Icannot believe that such a terrible crime would have happened in my hometown. How could anyone be so cruel and cowardly as to attack an elderly, defenseless woman? My heart goes out to the victim's family. Let us pray for justice.

-- Posted by nordicheart on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 9:27 AM

My heart is breaking for the family. To have a loved one murdered in a place they should have been nearly the safest possible has to be one of the worst kinds of shocking unexpected losses.

Are the senior communities in the area not patrolled/secured by on site security? If not, what benefit is there to them? I have aging family members and friends in senior condo communities in several states and all of them have 24 hour security patrols both in a vehicle and on foot. Some in far smaller communities than Greencastle. They also have ADT style security in their condo, complete with the necklace that only needs to be pulled off it's chain or a button pressed to alert facility security and local first responders to an urgent need at their GPS location. If the senior facilities in our area are not secure I hope this serves as a wake-up call to their owners and management that they need to be.

-- Posted by miraclemom3 on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 12:46 PM

Debbie I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family....prayers are coming your way.

Belinda Reynolds and family

-- Posted by breynolds.ali@gmail.com on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 4:17 PM

This is just crazy! My thoughts and prayers are with the family. This town just keeps getting worse.I hope the person or people who did this are found and punished just how they should be!

-- Posted by gcmom4 on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 10:32 PM

Not to be an ass or insensitive, but I think that more light needs to be shed on what makes this a suspicious crime. Because, if there is nothing that makes it suspicious (evidence, forced entry, etc) then I think suicide at least has to be considered.

Not saying I think that is the case, just that with the evidence we are given right now, the possibilities are endless.

-- Posted by anonymous101 on Sun, Sep 4, 2011, at 3:13 PM

What has the world come to?

This is a shame.

-- Posted by BlackBarbie22 on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 1:28 PM

Too late, ANONYMOUS101. She was 'assaulted'. That term is not used when the victim harms themself.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 12:11 PM

Please, I pray, find this sick individual and hope that he or she gets captured as soon as possible so this will not happen to someone else. To know that your mother was killed is such a horrible thing to deal with, she was the best mother in the whole wide world, why................she didn't deserve this, please confess,

-- Posted by rose26 on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 10:12 PM

This makes me so sad, absolutely heartbreaking. What a horrific way to end the beautiful life of this poor woman! I pray to God they find the individual(s) responsible for this heinous crime! What an evil, wicked, and cowardly thing to do to someone incapable of defending themselves! I'm outraged, I hope you are found soon and punished to the fullest extent of the law! And may God have mercy on your wicked soul because I sure don't! My thoughts and prayers go out to Essie's heartbroken family...so sad.

-- Posted by bt5k on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 11:02 PM

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