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Woman hacked to death with machete inside Queens Village home: NYPD

Police at 219-44 Hillside Ave., where 78-year-old Maria Diaz on Wednesday night, Feb. 24. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Detectives are looking to question the son of a 78-year-old Queens Village woman who was found dead inside her home on Wednesday night from an apparent machete attack.

Officers from the 105th Precinct made the gruesome discovery while conducting a wellness check at 7:50 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the home of Maria Diaz, 78, inside a second-floor apartment on Hillside Avenue near 219th Street in Queens Village.

Upon entering the home, law enforcement sources said, the officers found Diaz lying unconscious and unresponsive inside a bedroom, with a large laceration to her head.

Responding EMS units pronounced Diaz dead at the scene. Police recovered from the home they machete that they believe was used to kill her.

Police at 219-44 Hillside Ave., where 78-year-old Maria Diaz on Wednesday night, Feb. 24. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Sources familiar with the investigation said that the victim’s son, Osvaldo Diaz, has emerged as a person of interest in the case. Police say he is Hispanic and is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds.

Photo via NYPD

At this point in the investigation, police do not have a possible motive for Diaz’s murder. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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