Police in Melbourne are investigating the murder of an elderly woman neighbors say was found buried behind an old thrift shop. Police are not confirming exactly where she was found, but a man who works next door and said that behind the shop is where someone buried the 71-year old woman after killing her. Police say Jo Ellen Johnson lived at an abandoned thrift store on US 1 in Melbourne. Police say they found her body here, but would not be specific about exactly where. The man next door says they dug her up after securing the area and guarding it for a week. A caller told police earlier this month that Johnson had been missing since New Year’s Eve. Friends looked everywhere. “She’s an elderly woman. She’s 70-something. She doesn’t walk very well; she uses a cane; she doesn’t drive,” the caller said. Police say they recovered her body on Jan. 13, but it took until Wednesday for a medical examiner to confirm her identity through medical records. The medical examiner also ruled she was a homicide victim – killed by someone else. And then, says the man next door, brought here and buried. “She’s a good person. She’s a very respectable person. She’s a teacher. I’m sorry what happened and I hope they can find the person who hurt her. She’s a good person,” the neighbor said.

Police in Melbourne are investigating the murder of an elderly woman neighbors say was found buried behind an old thrift shop.

Police are not confirming exactly where she was found, but a man who works next door and said that behind the shop is where someone buried the 71-year old woman after killing her.

Police say Jo Ellen Johnson lived at an abandoned thrift store on US 1 in Melbourne. Police say they found her body here, but would not be specific about exactly where. The man next door says they dug her up after securing the area and guarding it for a week.

A caller told police earlier this month that Johnson had been missing since New Year’s Eve. Friends looked everywhere.

“She’s an elderly woman. She’s 70-something. She doesn’t walk very well; she uses a cane; she doesn’t drive,” the caller said.

Police say they recovered her body on Jan. 13, but it took until Wednesday for a medical examiner to confirm her identity through medical records. The medical examiner also ruled she was a homicide victim – killed by someone else. And then, says the man next door, brought here and buried.

“She’s a good person. She’s a very respectable person. She’s a teacher. I’m sorry what happened and I hope they can find the person who hurt her. She’s a good person,” the neighbor said.