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An 80-year-old Arkansas woman was found dead in a church Sunday after authorities say she was beaten to death with a cross.

The pastor at Central United Methodist found the body of Lilian Wilson inside the church after the parishioner didn’t show up for a service at another church.

Sheriff’s Detective Keith Vaughn tells WREG that police were called to the church around 12:30 p.m. and think the woman was beaten to death with a large cross.

Wilson was reportedly at the house of worship to pick up disaster relief buckets when she was attacked.

Police have not released a motive but say they believe the assailants stole her 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis as well.

Lilian Wilson

Check out coverage on this case from WREG below.

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