Scottsdale police brief community following woman's murder

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale police held a public meeting Tuesday evening to address community concerns surrounding of the death of a neighborhood woman.

The body of 31-year-old Allison Feldman was found last week by her boyfriend, inside her home near Granite Reed and Monterey Way.  Since then, police haven't said much about suspects, a motive, or how the woman was killed.

On Tuesday evening, around 400 concerned neighbors packed into the cafeteria of Pima Elementary School, looking for answers. At one point the line of people wrapped around the building.

Then, for the first time, police briefed neighbors on the investigation into the murder .

Police said no one has been arrested, and no motive has been given for Feldman's killing.  But they did call this murder isolated, and said that there was no forced entry.

Neighbors asked if the victim was sexually assaulted, and how she was killed. But those were questions police did not answer.

They did say they don't know if they are looking for one or two suspects in this case. And they said Feldman's boyfriend is cooperating with the investigation.

"At this time we believe it was an isolated incident. Random. Isolated," police told the crowd.

"I'm just hopeful since they're not sharing much with us that they actually have a lot more information," said one neighbor. "And maybe they just need to be quiet to preserve that evidence. But I don't feel any better."

Scottsdale police told neighbors they may have seemed like they were spending a lot of time collecting evidence on this case. But they say that's due to new high-tech procedures they use to collect forensics.

Police also said that the department has dedicated one officer to patrolling the neighborhood at all times, and has even sent out foot patrols to keep an eye on things.