FARMINGTON - Maine State Police and Farmington Police say an elderly woman has died after being assaulted inside her apartment early this morning in Farmington. Police are calling the death a homicide and a home invasion. The 81-year-old woman died about 7 a.m. at a Lewiston hospital, where she was flown by a Lifeflight helicopter from Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.
Police say she was attacked at the Margaret Chase Smith Apartments on Fairbanks Road by a male intruder who entered her first floor apartment. She called 911 just after 1 a.m. to report the attack. An autopsy on her body will take place at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta.
Police are seeking the public's help to report any suspicious activity along Fairbanks Road and Route 4 between midnight and 2 a.m. They are also seeking the identity of a man seen walking along Fairbanks Road about 1:30 a.m. wearing a backpack. The apartment complex is off of Route 4, in the north end of the town.
A dozen Maine State Police detectives have joined Farmington Police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigating the death. Anyone with information is asked to call Farmington Police at 778-6311 or dial 911 on a cell phone.