Windsor Square is, in a way, L.A.'s original Beverly Hills, a suburb of wealth that developed as the city moved west about a century ago. Homes there still list for as much as $2 million, sometimes more.

Last night, only blocks from the mayor's official Getty House residence in the same community, a prominent widow was found fatally stabbed, police said today.

The victim was identified as 86-year-old Antonia Maria Yager, widow of late Superior Court Judge Thomas C. Yager.


She was found dead in her home in the 100 block of North Beachwood Drive by L.A. Fire Department paramedics sometime around 7:25 p.m. Monday, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.

Police said a caretaker that reportedly helped the woman tend to her cats discovered her body last night.

Cops were not ruling out any angles, including the possibility that a home-invasion robbery might have gone sideways.

LAPD Lt. John Radtke told reporters at the scene that her homicide was “a big surprise:”

We're still at the beginning of this. So, what we're doing is a very slow, methodical investigation … we're looking for fingerprints, we're looking for footprints, we're looking for blood. We're looking for anything that might help us identify the person who may have been involved in this crime.

We reached out to detectives for more details but we were unable to get through to anyone.

Her late husband's ex-wife was an heiress who disappeared in 1965 after falling off a boat, an accident that nearly derailed his career.

Police are asking anyone with information on Yager's stabbing to call detectives 213-382-9470 or 1-877-527-3247.

With reporting from City News Service. Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow L.A. Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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