Car found in E. Mt. Airy murder

Neighbors, friends, and strangers lit candles in front of Regina Brunner’s house during a vigil for the East Mount Airy woman. She was found dead Monday morning. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON/Staff Photographer)

Investigators have found a car belonging to the 85-year-old East Mount Airy woman who was killed this week, Philadelphia police said Tuesday.

Regina Brunner Holmes was found Monday morning in her home, beaten and stabbed, with her throat slashed, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. Her house was pristine, and investigators found no sign of forced entry.

Her car, however, was missing from the driveway. Investigators found it about 11 a.m. Tuesday, parked on the 3100 block of Stillman Street in North Philadelphia - about six miles from Brunner's home on Roumfort Road.

Holmes worked at the Chestnut Hill Local newspaper two days a week. When she didn't show up for work on Monday, employees called her son, who called police. She was found dead in her front bedroom, dressed for bed, a law enforcement source said.

Neighbors told police they had not seen anything suspicious - not a car pulling up to the house or a person on the street who seemed out of place, the source said.

Investigators on Tuesday were awaiting the results of an autopsy by the Medical Examiner's Office. No motive is apparent, Clark said. He said he had assigned the Homicide Task Force to the case.

"We're tracking down different leads, and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of it real quickly," he said. 215-854-2961 @aubreyjwhelan