SAN BERNARDINO - Police do not yet have a suspect in the killing of an elderly woman earlier this month and are looking to the public for tips.

Wanda Lee Paulin, an 86-year-old lifelong county resident, was found dead in her home Dec. 12. An autopsy later determined she was a homicide victim.

"We do not have a suspect yet and we're not releasing the specific cause of death because that is sensitive to the case," police Lt. Jarrod Burguan said Wednesday.

A family member found Paulin dead in her home. When police first arrived, there were no obvious indicators that foul play was involved, Burguan said.

"When we arrived, it looked like (her death) may have been due to natural causes," he said. "But we processed the scene as if it were a homicide from the beginning."

It wasn't until autopsy results came back that Paulin's death was ruled a homicide.

Burguan said police can't release many details yet on who might want to kill a senior citizen like Paulin, but they will soon be putting out more information to try to find the killer.

"One way or the other, we are going to put more information out there," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police Detective Pat Pritchett at 909-384-5662 or Sgt. Gary Robertson at 909-384-5659.

jesse.gill@inlandnewspapers.com, 909-386-3921


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