Watertown Police Investigate Homicide

Aaron Kupec
January 10, 2019 - 11:44 am
Watertown Police Chief John Gavallas

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WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Watertown police are investigating the death of a woman found in her Bushnell Avenue home in the Oakville section of town as a homicide.

Police say 70-year-old widow Maryann Kibbe-Stanisz was the victim of an assault earlier in the week. She was found unresponsive during a well-being check Wednesday afternoon, said authorities. Her car was found later in Waterbury.

Police say  Kibbe-Satnisz  died of  blunt impact injuries to the head and neck.

Police want to speak to a handyman whom Kibbe-Stanisz may have contacted about doing work around her home, but he is not considered a suspect, they said.

Kibbe-Stanisz's Chrysler PT Cruiser was found Wednesday in a parking lot next to Lit Ultra Lounge on West Main Street in Waterbury. The keys were not in the vehicle, said police. Waterbury police were scouring surveillance camera footage for clues as to who may have been driving the vehicle, said authorities.

Police say they cannot rule out that the killing may have been a random act of violence. Patrols in the area have been stepped up.

It is Watertown's first homicide since a double killing in 2012.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Watertown police at 860-945-5200 or the Crimestoppers line at 860-945-9940.