WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) - An elderly West Seneca woman was found dead in her home over the weekend. Police questioned her son and then let him go, but now he's nowhere to be found.
Detectives consider the death of 77-year-old Carol Quinn suspicious and are treating it as a homicide, and now they're searching for her son, Primitivo Cruz.
Quinn's granddaughter, Shelly Henderson, said, "I think all of us are still in shock. We don't know how anyone could do this. My grandmother was such a sweet woman. Everyone loved her."
Quinn, a long time teacher's aide in the Buffalo School system, was found dead in her Burch Avenue apartment by West Seneca police on Saturday. The family hadn't heard from her since Wednesday.
West Seneca Police Chief Daniel Denz said, "It is very suspicious, and that's why we're treating it as a homicide at this time."
Quinn's son is considered a person of interest. Primitivo Cruz, a.k.a. Primo or Chico, showed up after the body was discovered and was questioned and then released. Cruz has a drinking problem, according to his niece.
Police say an order of protection had been issued to Quinn, after a recent incident.
"Mr. Cruz and Mrs. Quinn did have a domestic incident earlier this month. Mr. Cruz was arrested for some minor charges," Chief Denz said. "I do know that it was some type of argument between the two of them. It was minor in nature, however, our police department considered it serious enough we did make an arrest."
Henderson added, "She had asked him to leave and the police had escorted him out. Well, he came back after, and she felt sorry for him and let him come back again, because she always felt sorry for him."
Brian Russer, Henderson's boyfriend, noted, "Everyone's got to look for this. Everyone's got to find him, and if anyone sees him, just call the police. Let's get this taken care of."
If you have any information, you're asked to call West Seneca detectives at 674-3154.
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