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The body of a man found in a car in the parking lot of a social center in West Harrison early Tuesday morning could be linked to the murder of a 75-year-old Mahopac woman last week, according to multiple sources.
Perla Gatchalian of Mahopac was found dead around 3:18 p.m. Thursday after the Carmel Police Department received a call from a concerned neighbor who not seen the elderly woman in a while, police said.
The body found Tuesday, which was removed by the Westchester County Medical Examiner around 12:30 p.m., was located less than a block away from 106 Park Ave., the home of Filippo and Maria Buffone, who were reportedly related to Gatchalian.
Gatchalian lived with another branch of the Buffone family in Mahopac, police said.
The death of the man in West Harrison was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, News 12 is reporting.
Police had searched the Buffone's West Harrison home over the weekend and towed a vehicle from the residence. They could also be seen going door to door and searching the surrounding area including reviewing local surveillance cameras, checking dumpsters, donation bins, and drainage areas.
Carmel Police told Daily Voice on Monday that Gatchalian's death was not random and not a crime of opportunity.
A press conference to discuss the latest developments is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Carmel.
The Carmel Police Department is asking that anyone who may have information to contact the Detective Division at 845-628-1300. All calls will be kept confidential.
This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
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