MADISON, Ohio -- Neighbors believe two people tried to burn down a Madison house after burglarizing and killing the elderly homeowner.
The manner of death has not yet been released for Eleanor Robertson, 77.
According to Madison Twp. police, the department received a call on Wednesday around 7:15 p.m. requesting a welfare check on Canterbury Drive.
When officers arrived, they found Robertson's home had been ransacked, her van was missing and there was no sign of Robertson herself.
The door had also been barricaded and candles were left burning, neighbors said.
"My wife happened to get inside the house to open the front door that was blocked with a couple chairs. [The suspects] had candles inside, like eventually, they were trying to set the house on fire, big candles, that would take time to burn down," said Bob Arnold.
Police determined the motive was burglary.
"Madison is no different than any other community right now. We're experiencing a real problem with heroin and methamphetamines. We've had a lot of increase in burglaries," said Madison Township Police Chief Leonard Del Cazo.
Because Robertson seemed to be missing, a statewide Silver Alert was issued with the help of the attorney general's office, but an investigation revealed she was hidden under the covers of her bed.
During a traffic stop, Euclid police said they discovered that Danna Weimer, 52, and her son, Zack Weimer, 22, had some of Robertson's jewelry and other property in their vehicle.
Police also confirmed the Weimers were Robertson's former neighbors.
On Thursday morning, Danna Weimer plead not guilty to murder and aggravated burglary and Zack Weimer plead not guilty to murder and burglary.
They are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Monday.
Police said there is video of the Weimers using the victim's van, but as of 3:15 p.m. on Thursday it was still missing.
Anyone who has seen a red, 1995 Plymouth Voyager should notify police.
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