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From the Massachusetts State Police:


Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office and Needham Police are actively investigating the discovery last night of 81-year-old Laura Shifrina, who was found murdered in her Needham apartment.

Police are particularly interested in locating Shifrina’s car, a red 2011 Ford Fiesta, Massachusetts license plate number 1BD 712

Anyone who sees that plate should dial 911 and NOT APPROACH THE VEHICLE.

Needham police were contacted by Shifrina’s daughter at approximately 11 p.m. after she came to the apartment to check on her mother.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted the case for autopsy. The investigation is continuing. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on