An Ironton widow whose body was found in her home Sunday was a victim of foul play, police said.

Authorities were releasing few details Monday regarding the death of 85-year-old Thelma Mooney. However, Ironton Police Chief James Carey said investigators were treating her death as a homicide.

Mooney’s body was discovered about noon Sunday by family members who had gone to her home in the 1600 block of Thomas Street, which is in Ironton’s north end, to check on her, Carey said.

The chief declined to say how Mooney was killed or to speculate on a possible motive for her slaying.

“We’re still in the process of collecting evidence at the scene,” he said.

Carey said detectives with his department was being assisted in the investigation by officials from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation’s London office.

Mooney’s body was sent to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office in Columbus for an autopsy.

Mooney was the widow of Eugene Mooney, a local businessman and former member of the Ironton City Council who died in May at 93.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Ironton Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (740) 532-5606.

Mooney’s slaying is the second tragedy to strike Ironton in less than a month.

On Jan. 24, two teenage girls, Lacey Parnell and Jamie Barker, were killed when they were struck by a Norfolk Southern train while walking on the railroad tracks along U.S. 52 near the city’s western limits.

The girls, both eighth-graders at Ironton Junior High School, were heading from one home to another via the railroad tracks and were walking with their backs to the westbound freight, police said.

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