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Elderly woman found dead inside Coffee Co. home

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MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

A Coffee County woman was beaten and strangled to death inside her home on Thursday.

A friend made the terrible discovery just as the victim, 73-year-old Patricia Anne Collins, was trying to move out of state.

Detectives are working the case as an active homicide, along with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Neighbors said the woman was retired and a recent widow and that she was planning to sell her Powers Bridge Road home to move closer to relatives in Florida.

Investigators are working to find out who killed the woman many called the sweetest woman you'd ever meet.

Deputies are asking anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the area in the last two days to contact local authorities or the Coffee County Sheriff's Department at (931) 728-3591.

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