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North Salem Residents Should Be Vigilant Following Murder, Say Police

State police search 300-acre Windswept Farm on Tuesday.
State police search 300-acre Windswept Farm on Tuesday. Photo Credit: New York State Police
New York State Police Lt. Paul DeQuarto speaks at a press conference in Hawthorne regarding the death of North Salem resident Lois Colley.
New York State Police Lt. Paul DeQuarto speaks at a press conference in Hawthorne regarding the death of North Salem resident Lois Colley. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Lois and Eugene Colley
Lois and Eugene Colley Photo Credit: Courtesy New York Social Diary
Windswept Farm is located at 258 Titicus Road.
Windswept Farm is located at 258 Titicus Road. Photo Credit: Daily Voice

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- State police after advising residents in the North Salem area to be vigilant following the shocking Monday murder of the socialite wife of a multi-millionaire owner of more than 100 McDonald's franchises.

Lois Colley was killed by blunt-force trauma to her body, state police said at a Tuesday press conference in Hawthorne.

Colley was married to businessman Eugene Colley, who owns more than 100 McDonald's franchises

Her body was discovered on the couple's 300-acre estate, Windswept Farm, on Titicus Road (Route 116) by a property caretaker in the laundry room of the residence. The caretaker contacted Westchester County 911 for assistance, police said.

"This is a shocking and disturbing crime in what is usually a quiet and peaceful town in Westchester County," State Police Lt. Lieutenant Paul DeQuarto said.

The investigation into Ms. Colley’s death remains active.

"The community should remain alert and vigilant in reporting to police any suspicious activity, vehicles or persons in the North Salem area," stated Major Robin H. Benziger, State Police Troop Commander of Troop K.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 914-277-3177 or 914-769-2600.

It was the first murder in North Salem in four years ago when a Passaic, N.J., man and Florida native, Epifanio Medina, was abducted, robbed of his jewelry and beaten to death off Dingle Ridge Road. For more, click here.

The last murder of a North Salem resident occurred in 2005 when 17-year-old Elizabeth Butler was stabbed and strangled by her ex-boyfriend Ariel Menendez. For more, click here.

Here are previous stories published Tuesday on the Lois Colley murder:

* North Salem's Lois Colley Died From Blunt-Force Trauma, Police Say

* Woman Killed In North Salem Was Wife Of McDonald's Franchise Owner

* Police Investigate Apparent Homicide In North Salem

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