The family of a 69-year-old Palisades Park woman found stabbed to death in her burning home has offered a $25,000 reward to help solve the more than three year old slaying, authorities said this week.
Emergency crews found Dolores Alliotts dead after they responded to a fire at her home early April 28, 2010, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Investigators determined the house was set ablaze to cover up the killing.
"Detectives believe, based on available statistics and evidence, that the killer may have had some prior interaction with Alliotts," Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. "This may have been a brief interaction that would not normally raise suspicion, such as a deliveryman, maintenance personnel, landscaper, or real estate agent."
Molinelli said FBI statistics pointed to a young or youthful killer, who may have shown a sudden change in behavior around the murder.
"Prior to the murder, the suspect may have attempted to interact with other women of the same age as Alliotts and may not have appeared as any threat. There may be prior or thwarted attempts to enter a home under a false pretense in the past. In many similar cases, this type of behavior goes unreported to the police," the prosecutor's statement said.
The prosecutor's office has conducted an "exhaustive investigation" in the slaying and was turning to the public for any tips, Molinelli said, who announced a new website with details on the case at bcpo.net. The Alliotts family is offering the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
The Palisades Park killing shared apparent similarities with the unsolved August 2010 slaying of 74-year-old Joan Davis in Teaneck. In both cases, authorities have said elderly women who lived alone were stabbed before their homes were set on fire. Authorities have not said if there are any links in the two brutal deaths.
Anyone with information is asked to call the prosecutor's office confidential tip line at 201-226-5532.