Nassau County police are "seeking to speak with all relatives and friends of the family" of an East Meadow woman found dead on the floor of her home, the chief of detectives said Wednesday afternoon.
Mirian Bejarano, 52, was identified as the victim of the homicide on Prospect Avenue, police said. She was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m. Tuesday, after police responded to the home on an emergency call reporting an unconscious woman there.
"This should be known, so the public realizes it: Our investigation has direction and focus," Chief of Detectives Kevin Smith said. "We do not believe this to be a random act of violence."DataLI crime stats
Smith said police are awaiting a cause of death from the medical examiner.
"However, we are categorizing the incident as a criminal homicide and not releasing any further crime scene details," he said.
Bejarano lived in the house with her husband and son, and tenants live upstairs, Smith said.
He said he did not know the whereabouts of the victim's husband.
Bejarano's son, who was at work at the time, lives in the basement, Smith said.
There had been no prior calls for police service to the house, he said. "We're looking to see all the family we can find and talk to them," Smith said.
He said he's not sure who called 911 and doesn't know whether the tenants were home at the time of the homicide.
Earlier Wednesday, investigators with the Nassau police department's crime scene search unit were scouring the well-manicured lawn and bushes around the brick and wood home.
"It seemed like a normal household, no commotion," said Joe DeRosa, 54, who lives across the street. "There wasn't anything out of the ordinary that I could see."
Another neighbor, Jonathan Souzza, 56, said he'd heard from officers on the scene that a relative of the woman came home Tuesday and found her unresponsive. "The cops got there right after that," Souzza said.