Woman found dead inside Weatherford-area home with neck cut



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Posted on October 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 8:13 PM

Woman found dead

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WEATHERFORD – Linda Preston's friends and mother were worried. No one could reach her Thursday afternoon at her rural home on Wildwood Trail near Weatherford.

Investigators say her husband came home about 5 p.m. to check on her, then made an anguished call to 911.

"Can you tell if it looks like she's breathing at all?" the operator asked.

"It does not," Patrick Preston cried. "Her throat was cut."

Linda Preston, 47, had multiple stab wounds to her neck, according to medical reports.

Neighbor Ray Martin heard Preston pleading for help on the phone.

"He told me he just found his wife with her throat cut in the living room. Oh man..."  Martin shook his head as his voice trailed off.

"He just asked me if I'd seen anybody or heard anything," Martin said. "I hadn't."

But Martin said he did notice that Linda Preston's car was missing at about 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Her missing BMW was recovered in the Como area of west Fort Worth Friday. Parker County investigator Lt. Mark Arnett said the killer did not take the victim's money, credit cards or other belongings.

"We believe the perpetrator is probably someone she's familiar with," Arnett said. "Someone she knows. [There are] really no signs of forced entry."

Arnett said there is a person of interest in the case, but the department lacks a firm suspect or motive.

"We're looking for a person of interest right now, but we can't release his name," he said. "No warrant has been issued for anyone in this case yet."

A knife was found in the yard, but according to the investigator, it's too early to conclude it's the murder weapon.

A neighbor, who asked to be anonymous, said Linda Preston worked in the bail bonds business from her home. Preston was eagerly waiting for her daughter to give birth. The person described her as very nice, but was extremely weak due to a medical condition.

The neighbor said there's no way she could have defended herself from an able-bodied attacker.

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