Report calls death ‘murder’, neighbors worry

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The mysterious death of an Albuquerque woman has a neighborhood on edge and they say answers from police about what happened are hard to come by.

The death of 53-year-old Danette Webb is being called “suspicious” by police. However, an incident report KRQE News 13 obtained calls it “murder”.

Crime scene tape and cop cars covered the area near Bridge and 86th one week ago.

“She was a good friend, just a good girl,” Ray Ulibarri said.

Neighbors are shocked by what police would only call a suspicious death.

“It’s very frustrating because we don’t know if they caught them, we don’t know who done (sic) it,” Timothy Burdex said. “They said it was pretty gruesome, pretty bad.”

In the seven days since Webb was found dead inside her southwest Albuquerque home, there are still few answers for this community.

“Right now, detectives are not releasing any information,” Sgt. Ferris Simmons with Albuquerque Police said.

Neighbors said they now live in fear.

“If it’s a murder, then you have a murderer on the loose,” Marc Salazar said.

APD won’t comment, but according to an incident report obtained by KRQE News 13, a coworker went to check on Webb Monday when she didn’t show up for work.

The report said detectives found Webb beneath a window where the screen had been removed. It also said she was naked and bound with duct tape around her hands, ankles and mouth.

It’s unclear if this was a random attack or if Webb knew her killer.

“It is concerning especially for the older people here,” Salazar said. “We’re always watching out for our neighbors.”

One neighbor said she is now keeping knives and even a sword close by at home. She also said she’s taking classes on how to use a gun.

Salazar said if he had a better idea about what happened, he would feel a little better.

“We need to know,” Salazar said. “We need to know what’s going on.”

“Instead of focusing on the way she died, I would hope they focus on the way that she lived,” Sgt. Simmons said.

Friends and neighbors said Webb spent a lot of time helping the homeless.

According to the incident report, her furnace had been tampered with and she had a lot of cash inside of her home to take care of her mother. Police don’t know if that has anything to do with her death.

Police said they aren’t releasing details because it could compromise the investigation.

They are asking anyone with information to call 242-COPS.

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As Webb’s friends are mourning her loss, they are also worried about her beloved pets.

Kristen Wood waid Webb took great care of her dogs and loved them.

She said Piper and Girl have been together for several years and are now at the West Side Animal Shelter.

KRQE News 13 spoke with shelter officials Monday, who said the dogs are not available for adoption right now. It could be because they are waiting for a family member to claim them.

Webb’s friends said whether they are adopted out or go to family, they hope they are not separated.

“So to lose each other would be terrible,” Wood said. “Keeping them together would be the best thing to keep them happy and let them recover from this tragedy.”

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