Killed – Ruth Bateman Clay (San Antonio, TX)

Ruth Bateman Clay

SAN ANTONIO – It’s been more than nine months since 90-year-old Ruth Bateman Clay was found dead inside her East Side home.

She was shot in the neck — possibly the victim of a stray bullet that happened to break through a wall into her bedroom.

The crime has stumped San Antonio police, who have not been able to identify a suspect.

Police said Clay was last seen alive on Dec. 23, 2013, when her friends dropped her off at her home in the 300 block of Como after attending a Christmas party. When they didn’t hear from Clay, they checked on her on Dec. 25 and again on Dec. 28. They were not able to contact her.

Ten days passed before police were called to Clay’s home on Jan. 3. She was found on the floor of her bedroom. She had been shot in the neck.

“Around the time that she might have been shot (on Dec. 23), there was a call for shots fired in the area,” said San Antonio police Chief William McManus. “The detectives believe the shot may have come from a nearby business.”

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police say a 90-year-old woman has been fatally shot while sitting in her wheelchair inside her home.

Police said Ruth Bateman Clay appeared to have been killed by a bullet fired behind her home that passed through the wall of her bedroom. The police department released a statement Friday requesting the public’s assistance.


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