Police: woman found in burned home was killed

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A woman found dead in her burning home apparently had been murdered, police said.
The body of Sharon Litchfield, 59, was found Wednesday when firefighters responded to a fire call.
Police would not give details of her death, but said circumstances indicated it was a homicide.
"Yes, there was a fire, but there were obvious signs of trauma," said Lt. Sylvia Trundle, a police spokeswoman.
An autopsy to determine the cause of death was scheduled for Thursday.
Litchfield was scheduled to report to work at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the West Point Market. When she didn't arrive, co-workers tried to call her at home, but didn't get an answer, and her answering machine was off.
Litchfield's daughter, Phyllis Stock, went to the home when she couldn't reach her mother at work.
"Why would somebody do this to my mother?" Stock said.
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