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Police Continue Intense Search for Elderly Woman's Attacker
Police Continue Intense Search for Elderly Woman's Attacker

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dinsmore Elementary School was once again the command center for day two of the search for a vicious attacker in Northwest Jacksonville.

Officers and detectives spent the day canvassing the neighborhood for the person who brutally attacked 83-year-old Emma Beasley in her home off of Civic Club Drive.

"I feel certain that they're going to catch this individual or individuals," said Danny Griffin, Beasley's son-in-law.

Griffin said he and his wife left home to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild at the hospital.  A couple of hours later, they came home to discover Beasley with critical injuries in her bedroom.

"When you come home and find a small 83-year-old woman with what this person or person has done, it's horrendous," said Griffin.

Griffin and his wife were the caregivers for his mother-in-law.  He describes her as a small and quiet woman who likely surprised the attacker when they broke into the home.

The great-grandmother was rushed to the hospital, but later died from her critical injuries.

"If I would have just been a little bit earlier...but we can't play the 'what if' game," said Griffin.

This deadly attack is the latest in a growing list of violent crimes against the elderly. Last month,an 82-year-old woman was beaten and robbed for jewelry and $30 at her home on Daughtry Boulevard.

In November, 74-year-old Fern Gorin was punched and carjacked at a fast food drive through.  There have been no reported arrests in those cases so far and now the search continues for Emma Jean Beasley's attacker.
"I'm certain this individual or individuals will be caught," said Griffin.

A capture would bring some justice, but the anger will likely be around for some time.  Griffin said there's no excuse for taking the life of an innocent, defenseless woman.

"It's a terrible situation.  But we're going to put it behind us and move on and this will not happen to my family again," he said.

Griffin said very little was taken from the home.  If you have any information that can help, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.  You will remain anonymous.


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