Detectives have in custody a man accused of murdering a 71-year-old woman in North Dallas.

Michael McClendon, 45, faces a capital murder charge. He is being held in jail on a $500,000 bond.

According to Dallas police, officers responded to a home in the 7300 block of Paldao Drive, shortly before 11 a.m. on Sept. 13.

When officers entered, Norma "Rae" Kakacek was found beaten to death. Police said they have found no visible signs of forced entry. WFAA was told that the victim lived alone.

The woman's vehicle, a 2005 gray Lexus RX330 SUV, was reported missing. Her vehicle was later found.

Anyone with information about this offense is asked to call Detective White at 214-671-3690. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).