Neighbor Arrested in Killing of Crest Hill Woman, 89; No Motive Released

Crest Hill police arrested Bruce Gimpel on Thanksgiving morning and charged him with first-degree murder.

Police have arrested a neighbor in the murder of 89-year-old Dorothy Dumyahn, whose body was found Sunday inside her burned Crest Hill home.

Bruce Gimpel, 48, who lived next door to Dumyahn in his brother's 2313 Caton Farm Road house, was taken into custody Thursday morning and charged with first-degree murder, Crest Hill Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson told the Joliet Herald News.

Gimpel was a suspect early on in the case because of the inconsistent statements he made to police, Wilkerson said. No motive was released as to why Gimpel would stab the elderly woman or set her home on fire to conceal the homicide, according to the story.

The Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force handled the investigation, which had the manpower to canvass the neighborhood and expedite crime lab evidence, Wilkerson told the paper.

Donna DiTusa November 23, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Glad to hear a suspect has been arrested. So said for her and her family!!!!!
lala November 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
It is so hard for me to believe that a human being could commit a crime like this. She looks like a typical sweet little grandmother. No elderly person deserves to leave the earth this way. If this man is guilty of this, I hope he rots in jail and goes straight to hell. My sincere sympathy to her family.
John Roberts November 23, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Motive? Robbery,it's Holliday season people start doing crazy stuff to get the almighty dollar....but then again people are just sick and some times need no motive...just the thrill and excitement of doing something is all they need...like a caleptomaniac...just steals for the adrenaline rush...don't really want anything but just do it....like I said just sick.
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