An 81-year-old woman who had suffered burns was found dead in her home in Woodland Hills, and police Wednesday said foul play was suspected in her death.

A family member of the victim called police at 7:48 p.m. Tuesday, and officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to the 208000 block of Martha Street north of Burbank Boulevard and found the woman in a bedroom, LAPD Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service.

Hernandez said officers at the scene found evidence of forced entry and burglary, and foul play was suspected in the woman’s death.

Authorities withheld the woman’s name, pending notification of her next of kin. Police said the home had been ransacked and the victim had been set on fire.

“It’s generally a quiet neighborhood,” LAPD Detective Sharon Kim told Fox 11. “(It’s) upper middle class, so a crime like this that’s violent is pretty unusual for this neighborhood.

“I have noticed that there is a large transient population in this neighborhood, and we’re not sure if that might be related, but that’s something we all have to be aware of when we’re coming from and going to our homes,” Kim said.

No suspect information was available. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call LAPD Valley Bureau homicide detectives at 818-374-9550, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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