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Woman calls 911, police visit and leave, and her body is found hours later

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helenA 67-year old woman lost her life in an incident that didn’t have to happen.  Many are blaming the incompetence of the police department on the woman’s unfortunate situation and they are being asked to answer for what they did and did not do.

Helen Harrison’s body was found in her backyard this week in Jackson, Mississippi.  During a press conference, Chief Linsey Horton said that police didn’t properly handle a 911 call made by the woman, which led to her demise.   She’d called 911 at 2:23 am to let police know that someone there was a prowler in the area.

The dispatcher disconnected the call after 12 seconds, but the police did arrive on the scene.  However, they didn’t see any signs of a break-in, so they drove away.  But this wasn’t the end of the incident.  When Harrison’s children arrived at the home 11 hours later, they found their mother’s body in the backyard where she’s been beaten, possibly r@ped and shot in the face.

“Strangled, shot in the face and suffered blunt force trauma. Her neck was also broken,” reports the Ledger.

“We are all elderly people around here,” neighbor Doris Maxdell said. “I think somebody knew that she lived alone and they targeted her. That’s my belief.”

According to,the chief issued this statement:

 “I  am not pleased with it, and it is a defining moment for us, a teachable moment.”

Horton said if officers would have walked around the house, they would have seen the house had been broken into and they could have found Helen earlier.

“While we did a good investigation, we obviously did not do one to the extent that we covered the entire property. We know that now and I do think our officers could have done a better job,” said Horton.

Chief Horton says officers should have put eyes on her, that is their protocol, and this won’t happen again, “We will be putting a system in place so this wont reoccur.”

The elderly woman didn’t go out without battling the individuals who assailed her.

“She did in fact have a weapon and there’s indication she discharged one shot. We don’t know whether she struck the assailant, she very well may have struck him,” said Chief Horton.



  1. WizardG

    July 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    This information is very upsetting to say the least! The brutal violent way this poor lady suffered is very heart-aching painful to me! Please catch the lunatic who did this to her! My condolences to family and friends. Please don’t allow this to happen again!

  2. Ann G.

    July 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    The two cops should be fired! They did not do their jobs! This is so sad and my heart and prayers go out to the family. I also pray they catch this coward, when you prey on the elderly and weak it speaks volumes for the type of individual you are!

    • Regina

      July 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Actually, the two pigs should be charged with criminally negligent homicide. Firing them won’t do any good. If terminated, they will be hired by another police department in another state.

      The person(s) that did this needs to be drawn and quartered slowly.

  3. Chinua dean

    July 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I am Deeply Sadned by this act of evil, I pray this family gets some pease and closure. I know society couldn’t care less, she’s just another old black lady so she doesn’t matter. When are we going to wake up? The goal was always to eradicate us after slavery, their getting the job done, just slower then they hoped.

  4. Tawanza

    July 18, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Sad sad my heart goes out to her family Jackson yall gotta do better

  5. Thelma Williams

    July 18, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Incompetence to say the least.Too hasty to retreat and did not do a good job at all.This lady died violently for no reason and the police should be held responsible.My heart gores out to her and the family.We have got to have more neighborhood watches.

  6. DJaye Smith

    July 18, 2014 at 5:43 am

    The side door to my garage was kicked in by would be home invaders. My alarm sounded and the police was dispatched. They reported to my alarm system providers, they did not see any problems. However, when I returned home from work that evening and attempted to set my alarm, it indicated a door was open. I entered my garage and saw the door had been kicked in. Apparently, the alarm sounded and frightened the Thugs. Note: There had been several reports of home invasions in my neighborhood. Therefore, you, would think, the police would have done a better job of investigating after being dispatched by my alarm company. It appears, there is lousy policing, lazy and incompetent policemen/women throughout this nation. My home is located across country from where this unfortunate crime occurred.

  7. Melanie

    July 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

    They should be fired immediately. My heart goes out to her family. They forget to be human at times. If it were my mom they would be punished to the fulliest. It’s just plain stupid and a lot of not caring on their part. The pain she went though hurts my soul. I wish I could get to them and repeat what she had to go though, just to give them a taste of what was done to her. Jerks!.

  8. Sasha

    July 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I just hope she wounded her attacker REAL good!!

    • ree williams

      July 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      yes find his ass somewhere stinking.. with bullet hole straight to the head.. what they did to her is just a damn shame and makes no since..

  9. Connie

    July 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I question if the officers even responded or got out of their vehicle! I smell a possible cover-up coming…this elderly woman was probably fighting for her life as they drove by…my sincere condolences to her family and loved ones…

  10. Kiesha makins

    July 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Jesus find her killer Lord….

  11. Regina

    July 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    What these did not want to do was the paperwork. Lazy MOFOS.

  12. John Young

    July 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    To say their investigation amounted to a “good job” sounds to me like the department feeling the need to mount some kind of defense against a lawsuit.

  13. Moses

    July 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    There is nothing to suggest that even if the police had searched the rear of the house that the tragedy wouldn’t have the same ending. Possibly her life less body would have been discovered sooner. Yeah the police did a poor job; however, the comments are extreme. People ask more of the police than they are willing to give themselves.

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