Murder Victim's Car Found;
News Conference Planned for This Afternoon

Investigators believe a violinist with the Chautauqua Symphony probably surprised a burglar in in home on Tuesday, and that person then shot her and stole her car.

They say 61-year-old Mary Whitaker was found inside her Westfield home Wednesday afternoon after friends and family members could not contact her. Investigators believe she died of a gunshot wound and had been dead for nearly a day when her body was discovered. Her car was found today in Erie, where at least one of her credit cards was used on Peach Street.

Sheriff Joe Gerace, District Attorney David Foley and US Attorney William Hochul will be holding a news conference in Mayville later this afternoon.

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