FARMINGTON — Maine State Police are asking for the public's help in their investigation into an elderly woman's death in Farmington early Tuesday morning, according to a release issued by Steve McCausland, the spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
According to the release Grace Burton, 81, died about 7 a.m. at a Lewiston hospital, where she was flown by a LifeFlight helicopter from Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.
Burton was attacked at the Margaret Chase Smith Apartments on Fairbanks Road by a male intruder who entered her first floor apartment, the release stated. The victim called 911 just after 1 a.m. to report the attack.
"Police are seeking the public's help to report any suspicious activity along Fairbanks Road and Route 4 between midnight and 2 a.m." the release stated. "They are also seeking the identity of a man seen walking along Fairbanks Road about 1:30 a.m. wearing a backpack. The apartment complex is off from Route 4, in the north end of the town."
A dozen State Police detectives have joined Farmington Police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigating the death.
Anyone with information is asked to call Farmington Police at 778-6311 or dial 911 on a cell phone.