Murder of 84-year-old unsolved, 7 years later

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

An 84-year-old woman's murder remains unsolved nearly seven years after it happened.

Mary Hake was killed in her home in the 54000 block of 29th Street in South Bend on March 9, 2006. A neighbor who had known Mary for decades found her body.

The neighbor shares tales of Mary’s delicious lemon meringue pie and her superb abilities as a seamstress. She was a 2-time cancer survivor who was always there for her neighbors, even taking part in jam sessions on her accordion.

The murder occurred in broad daylight on March 9, possibly around the time Mary walked out to get her mail. Neighbors came to check on her when they didn’t see her that evening. They found her in the kitchen.

“Initially it appeared to be an accident, that perhaps Mary had fallen and hit her head,” South Bend Police Lieutenant Cindy Kilgore says. “This was not treated as a crime scene, and that has presented some problems.”

Kilgore says police have a suspect in mind but are looking for more information before filing charges.

Anyone with information on the murder of Mary Hake can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-342-STOP.

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