After 81-year-old Ok Ja Kim failed to appear at a family gathering in August, a concerned relative traveled to her Woodland Hills home and found the woman dead.
Now the City of Los Angeles is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of a suspect.
Kim was found on the floor of her bedroom on the 20800 block of Martha Street, half hidden under her bed, “half charred, unconscious and not breathing,” the Los Angeles Police Department said.
She was reportedly strangled and suffered “sharp and blunt injuries,” police said.
The house showed “extensive signs of arson” and it turned out that it had been broken into.
“I’ve spent many years in homicide and even more than that investigating violent crime, and I can honestly say that in all my career I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a senseless and brutal assassination attempt,” LAPD Det. Sharon Kim said at a press conference on Thursday, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported.
Investigators don’t know if Kim was followed home before she was killed, so they’re looking for additional surveillance footage and asking for the public’s help.
Clara Kim, the victim’s daughter, urged the community to take action.
“This could have been someone’s family. This could have been your mother, this could have been your father,” Kim said, according to KTLA.
“My mother is one who has truly given more in this life than she ever took,” she said.
The victim lived alone after her husband’s death last year, KTLA reports.