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UPDATE: Case of elderly woman severely beaten in Carter Co. now a homicide

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Carter County, Tennessee Sheriff Dexter Lunceford told News 5 on Wednesday that an elderly woman found severely beaten in her home earlier this month has died.

The woman, Mary Nolan, was 88-years-old and living alone at a home in the Stoney Creek community located on Dan Bowers Road. She is now the victim in a homicide investigation.

Family members found her injured inside the dwelling on July 14.

Lunceford said there appeared to be no forced entry into the home and the victim was unable to communicate. Investigators are still trying to piece together leads in the case.

Anyone with information on the investigation can call (423) 543-1896 or make an anonymous tip by clicking here.

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