Lower Moreland Police and Montgomery County Detectives are investigating the homicide of an 86 year old resident of Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Lower Moreland Township Police Chief Peter C. Hasson announce an investigation into the homicide of Mary D. Pellegrino. Mary was an 86 year old resident of 2374 Pine Road, Huntingdon Valley.

Police received a call on Sunday, January 3, 2010 shortly after 1:00 PM for an "unresponsive subject" at the 2374 Pine Road residence. The call was made by a handyman that worked on Mrs. Pellegrino's house on Sundays. Police responded and soon after a joint investigation between Lower Moreland Police and the Montgorey County Detectives was initiated. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim did not die of natural causes.

On Monday, January 4, 2010, an autopsy of the victim was conducted by a Forensic Pathologist from the Montgomery County Coroner's Office and Mrs. Pellegrino's death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to her head.

Friends or acquaintances of Mrs. Pellegrino are requested to contact police. Police are seeking information about anyone who worked for Mrs. Pellegrino in the past. Anyone seeing anything suspicious in the area of the residence at 2374 Pine Road (near the itnersection of Red Lion and Pine Roads) between December 30, 2009 and January 3, 2010 or anyone with information concerning this homicide is asked to contact the Lower Moreland Township Police at 215-947-3132 or the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368.

Approved for release by District Attorney Risa Ferman and Chief Peter C. Hasson.

UPDATE: January 12, 2010

Montgomery County Detectives and Lower Moreland Township Detectives are continuing the investigation of this homicide and conducting background information on the victim. Anyone with information concerning this homicide is asked to contact the Lower Moreland Police at 215-947-3132 or the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368.

UPDATE: January 14, 2010

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the death of Mary Pellegrino. Click Here for full details.