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FALLS WOMAN, 84, IS FOUND DEAD IN LOCKED HOUSE

Police are investigating the death of an elderly woman found in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor Monday night.

Rose Poupart, 84, of 717 Linwood Ave. was pronounced dead at the scene. Detective Lt. Frank Granto said an autopsy had been scheduled for today by Niagara County Coroner James M. Joyce in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Joyce said the woman was found face up on the kitchen floor. He said there was a large amount of blood, but he couldn't tell how the woman died nor where on her body the blood had come from.

"I would say she had probably been dead five to seven hours," Joyce said.

James Greene, who lives across the street from the victim, said he discovered the corpse around 7 p.m. by looking through the kitchen window of the one-story brick home. He went to the house with John Cruz, who lives around the corner on Eighth Street.

Granto said there was no sign of forced entry to the home. He said no weapons were found. Mrs. Poupart's son Robert, said his mother had no weapons in the house.

The house was locked, and Lt. Robert DeMarco said a Fire Department rescue squad, first on the scene, broke the door down.

Robert Poupart, 63, of 24th Street, said he last spoke to his mother Sunday morning. He said she was in good health and had not had problems with crime.

Mrs. Poupart had one other son, who lives in Georgia, and two daughters, who live in Niagara Falls, although both of them were in Florida on Monday. Poupart said his mother was born in Canada, but had lived most of her life in Niagara Falls She had been in the food catering business for many years.

Neighbors said the area, just east of Whirlpool Street along the Niagara River Gorge, is not troubled by much crime. The victim had lived at the home since 1962, Poupart said.

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