"She was a wonderful lady," said the victim's stepdaughter Linda Palmer. "It's very tragic that this has happened. It's really devastated our family."
The Palmers search for answers as they grieve the loss of Elizabeth Palmer, a 49-year-old mother, a grandmother and a wife who would have celebrated her 30th anniversary this year with her husband Richard. He thinks back to the morning of February 2, when he received a text message from her.
"And I called her about half an hour after her text and it was just a normal boring day at work and that was the last I talked to her," said the victim's husband, Richard Palmer.
Richard Palmer said that just moments later, someone entered the Golden Sun Homes sales office in Stanton where she worked as a secretary. Authorities say the suspect or suspects shot Elizabeth and a 42-year-old salesman, Mathew Scott, in the upper torso, killing them behind her desk. Authorities say there was no sign of a struggle.
"It tells me it could have taken place possibly very quickly," said Orange County Sheriff's Investigator Joe Hoskins.
Authorities say Scott's father, who owns the business that sells manufactured homes, discovered their bodies at about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2.
"I have no idea what could have happened, or how, or why," said Richard Palmer.
Authorities are looking for answers. So far they have no clear motive. They have not ruled out whether the two were targeted by someone. Investigators continue to search for Elizabeth's car, a white 2004 Lexus ES300, with California license plate 5FYP194. Authorities believe the car could hold crucial evidence.
"Obviously the person who did it has no conscience and no regard for life whatsoever, but we know someone out there must know who did it and we really plead to them to come forward," said Linda Palmer.
If you have any information relating to this case, you are asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at (866) TIP-OCSD (847-6273).
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