OXFORD WEEKLY PLANET
Friday, October 31, 2019
Socialite found dead
Foul play suspected
Halloween got off to a grisly start when Kelly Moran, 40, was found dead in her Muirfield Drive residence last night.
Her body was discovered by her husband, Russell Moran, when he arrived home from the Yoknapatawpha County District Attorney's Office, where he is employed.
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's spokeswoman Elizabeth Jones said Mrs. Moran's death appears to be a homicide, but declined to say exactly how she died. An autopsy will be performed today.
Crime scene investigators are still processing the scene.
No known enemies
Kelly Moran, originally of Miami, Florida, was a housewife and a regular in the Oxford social scene.
Jones said the sheriff's department is not aware of any threats against Mrs. Moran and has not logged any prior incidents at the Moran residence.
Neighbors suspect burglar may be responsible
"This kind of thing just doesn't happen here," said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. "It must have been some bad element from somewhere else, one of those home invasions you're always hearing about on the news."
Jones confirmed that evidence of forced entry was observed but would not comment on neighborhood speculation that the death resulted from a break-in gone wrong.
According to sheriff's department records, the last reported burglary in the upscale Country Club subdivision was in 2016.
Retaliation against the husband?
Russell Moran has worked as a prosecutor since 2009 and has won convictions of numerous felony and misdemeanor defendants.
When asked if someone could have been seeking revenge against Mr. Moran, Jones said, "It would be irresponsible to speculate this early in the investigation."
"We have no suspects at this time," Jones continued. "We are investigating every possibility."
Calls to Russell Moran seeking comment have not been returned.
Check back for updates on this developing story.