An officer responded to a call from Dollie Mae Humphries’ neighbor Aug. 8 who said she noticed a rope hanging from the door handle and a handwritten note.
Sarah Humphries, the caretaker and daughter of the 91-year-old woman, told police she found a noose along with a note containing profanities, according to the police report.
“I was scared and shocked that someone would even do this,” Sarah Humphries said. “Nothing like this has happened before. It’s been quiet, like it always is.”
Dollie Mae Humphries has lived in the residence in the Lancaster Ridge Apartments, off 709 Hickory Knoll Drive, since May 2008 and never once received a threat, her daughter said.
The police officer asked if Sarah Humphries knew of anyone that would wish her ill or anyone that would do this to her.
“Ms. Humphries stated that she had no idea and was ‘Sure glad that I came to check on her,’” the police report said.
When asked if any of her neighbors have experienced any problems or threats, Sarah Humphries said a man next door received a threatening note and a woman in the next complex over received a note along with dog feces on her door handle.
Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant said they’ve identified three other apartments where similar notes were left.
“Our agency takes this incident very seriously. Members of our Criminal Investigations Section conducted a neighborhood canvas in an effort to generate leads,” Merchant said.
“We identified three other apartments where similar notes were left. Members also plan to be at the bus stop to question students and parents in an effort to identify the perpetrator responsible for this crime.”
With hopes of preventing any incidents in the future, Sarah Humphries said she’s installed a camera at her mother’s house. She’s also taken extra steps to leave her porch light on.
“I always lock the door and put a chair under it so no one can break it. I feel anxious and nervous but I’m not scared,” Humphries said.
Canton police continue to investigate the case. Merchant is asking for the public’s assistance to help find the person(s) responsible. Those with information can call Sgt. Scott Hoffman a (770) 720-4883.