94-Year-Old Woman Victim of Foul Play, Investigators Believe

Body found in mobile home after welfare check

By Lauren Steussy and Gitzel Puente
|  Wednesday, May 2, 2012  |  Updated 3:49 PM PDT
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Jean Eskridge, 94, was found dead inside her home in the community of Ramona Terrace Estates. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales spoke with neighbor Bob Chambers, son Jay Eskridge, daughter-in-law Ellen Eskridge in this report.

Jean Eskridge, 94, was found dead inside her home in the community of Ramona Terrace Estates. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales spoke with neighbor Bob Chambers, son Jay Eskridge, daughter-in-law Ellen Eskridge in this report.

Homicide investigators are looking into the suspicious death of a 94-year-old Ramona woman found in her mobile home Tuesday.

Paramedics were called to Jean Eskridge's home in Ramona Terrace Estates in the 1200 block of H Street at about 11:30 a.m.

Eskridge's emergency medical alert button had been pushed according to her son, Jack Eskridge. Unable to get to her quickly, he called the fire department to check on her. 

When firefighters arrived to the mobile home, they found Jean's body with obvious signs of trauma and called the Ramona Sheriff's Department's homicide unit.

Eskridge's son said Jean was a retired a dance teacher who liked to gamble. She was planning on going to a nearby casino Wednesday to play cards.

"She didn't say anything bad about anybody," Jack said.

Neighbor Bob Chambers played cards with Jean the day before she died.

"Heartbreaking," he said. "It's hard to hold back the tears."

Chambers described Jean as a churchgoing woman who attended Bible study and was "just a happy lady."

She also never missed a clubhouse dance. In fact she had just attended two dances the previous weekend.

"She loved to dance," he said. "She'd sit on her chair and rock around."

Speculation as to what happened has consumed the folks living in the mobile home park.

The medical examiner's office is working to determine the cause and manner of her death.

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