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Garden Grove woman, 81, died of beating

March 16, 2007|Garrett Therolf | Times Staff Writer

An 81-year-old woman found dead Wednesday in her Garden Grove home had been beaten to death, authorities said.

The victim, identified as Betsy Ross Pigg, was said to have been a descendant of Betsy Ross, the seamstress who reputedly sewed the first U.S. flag.

Meanwhile, Thomas A. Levingston, a 25-year-old computer technician, was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant on a 2005 charge of committing financial elder abuse against Pigg.

Pigg had a restraining order against Levingston, who is a person of interest in the homicide investigation but not a suspect, said Lt. Dennis Ellsworth of the Garden Grove Police Department.

"There are a number of people we are looking at," he said.

Livingston was being held at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange while awaiting today's arraignment on the elder-abuse charge.

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garrett.therolf@latimes.com

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