(AP) A free-lance fashion writer was found slain in her home, with her 2 1/2 -year-old daughter unharmed nearby.
Police have not named any suspects in the killing of Christa Worthington, 46, who had written for Elle and Harper’s Bazaar magazines and The New York Times.
Authorities wouldn’t say how Worthington was killed. One investigator said she may have been dead for 24 to 36 hours before her nightgown-clad body was found on Sunday.
Authorities said the lock on the back door was broken but would not say if anything had been stolen.
Prosecutor Michael O’Keefe said police were investigating “all the relationships that the victim had and has.”
A former boyfriend, Tim Arnold, said he found Worthington when he went to her home to return a flashlight. “At first I thought she was just lying there,” he said. “But then I could see something bad had happened. There was blood under her head.”
Arnold called 911. He denied any involvement in her slaying and said he was cooperating with authorities.
He said Worthington and Tony Jackett, the father of her daughter, Ava, had been fighting over child support.
Jackett, 51, a local fisheries official, also denied any involvement in the slaying and said they had not argued over money. “We were able to work out something ourselves as to how we were going to raise Ava,” Jackett said. “We’d be like one big family.”
Jackett, who has been married 30 years, acknowledged the two had hired lawyers to negotiate custody terms because Worthington wanted a legal acknowledgment of paternity. Jackett’s wife knew of Ava and said she and Worthington had become friends.
Truro, on Cape Cod, has a year-round population of just 1,800. The town’s last murder was in 1968, when two young women were killed.