Lancaster police seek ‘person of interest’ in 2012 killing of elderly woman

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have new information that could lead them to the person who killed an elderly woman in her city home nearly four years ago.

Media Stewart told ABC27 News she thinks about the murder of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor every time she passes Kaylor’s apartment in the 200 block of West Vine Street.

“It is very sad,” Stewart said.

Erma Kaylor
Erma Kaylor

Police said Kaylor, who lived alone, was found dead of numerous stab wounds on May 16, 2012.

There have been no arrests in the case, but newly released video shows a person of interest.

“We’re not saying this is a suspect,” police Lieutenant Todd Umstead said. “He’s a person of interest that we just don’t know who this person is.”

A tip made detectives take a fresh look at old video from the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition. The video shows four men, but police highlight a man they say is wearing a dark colored jersey with light lettering.

“He was seen in the area in the night before [the murder],” Umstead said, “[and] in the area of her apartment in the early morning hours.”

In video from May 15, the person of interest is seen walking with three other males from Mulberry Street to the 200 block of West Mifflin Street, about a block from Kaylor’s apartment. Police would like to know who the other men are as well, but have said any information is helpful.

“With any investigation, you follow up on every lead,” Umstead said. “Some of them are dead ends and some of them could be that little piece we need to solve this.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancaster police at 717-735-3317 or 735-3354.

Lancaster Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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