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EDINBURGH, Ind. — An Edinburgh woman from whom family and co-workers had not heard in days was found shot to death in her home.

Kaye (Lebo) Ellis, 48, had been shot once in the head or neck. She died Sunday evening, said Dave Lutz, Edinburgh deputy police chief and county coroner.

Police are searching for a person they need to interview, Police Chief Pat Pankey said.

Potential suspects or witnesses need to be found, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

Police found Ellis slumped over in a chair in her living room Tuesday morning, according to a probable-cause affidavit for a search warrant. They had gone to the home, because a co-worker had become concerned after not hearing from Ellis and asked police to check on her.

The co-worker and a relative who arrived at the home told police they worried because of a troubled relationship Ellis had been in.

No weapon was visible, and police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Ellis was an employee of KYB Manufacturing in Franklin and the mother of three grown sons.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday afternoon.

Police had received no reports of unusual activity at Ellis’ home at 502 High School Drive for days. Police did not find signs that someone had broken into the house, Pankey said.

Ellis’ ranch-style home, with red shutters and a big bay window, sits across from the American Legion Post on a quiet block of single-family homes.

Neighbor Dan Goddard said he noticed that the television in her living room was on all night Sunday and again Monday. He and his wife talked briefly about how that was strange, but they did not suspect that anything was wrong.

Goddard said they never heard a gunshot or signs of a disturbance.

“We might not have been home at the time, I don’t know,” he said. “But a gunshot isn’t something that you’re listening for.”

He said Ellis had moved in about 10 months ago and most recently lived alone. She originally lived there with a son and his girlfriend, but the couple moved out after getting their own place.

Ellis chatted with neighbors but often was not around, because she put in many hours at KYB in Franklin, where she had worked for three years.

“She did not deserve what happened to her,” Goddard said. “No one deserves what happened to her.”

Neighbor Barbara Copple said she was shocked to learn that a shooting took place on the block where she has lived since 1964.

“This is a small town, and that sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen here,” she said. “I suppose it can happen anywhere, but you don’t expect it to happen in a nice, quiet town like this.”

Edinburgh police went to check on the woman at her home, because the co-worker reported just before 9 a.m. that Ellis had not been heard from or seen in two days. The co-worker told police Ellis had not come to work for two days, according to a news release from Edinburgh Police Department.

While police were at the home, a relative arrived to check on Ellis. She last had spoken to her family late Sunday afternoon or early evening, when she visited it in Morgantown.

Ellis’ daughter-in-law told Lutz they had not heard from her since.

Kaye Ellis was born Aug. 5, 1962, in Martinsville and was a graduate of Brown County High School.

She is survived by her parents, Wanda M. (Lewis) Lebo, of Morgantown, and Emery A. “Bud” Lebo, of O’Fallon, Mo.

The Rev. Nick Seniour will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St., in Morgantown. Friends can call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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