Man arrested in 2015 slaying of Westchester millionaire's 83-year-old wife

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 14, 2017

Sources tell CBS2 an arrest has been made in the murder of the matriarch of a prominent NY family.

Two men who had been living and working on the 300-acre farm were arrested two months later on suspicion of stealing $30,000 worth of hay from Colley and her husband over several years, investigators said.

Lois Colley was found lifeless on the floor of a laundry room inside her $25 million hilltop estate by a caretaker on November 9, 2015. She died of blunt force trauma.

Gomez had done work at the farm and fled to Guatemala just days after the killing, prosecutors said.

The suspect, Esdras Marroquin Gomez, 32, was a part-time worker on Colley's sprawling horse farm in North Salem, a spokeswoman with the Westchester Country District Attorney told the Daily News. A small fire extinguisher was missing from the home; investigators said Monday they believe that to have been the murder weapon.

The DA said Gomez was a day laborer and had worked on the Colleys' property, but was not employed with the family at the time of the killing. "And he confronted Lois".

Gomez was in the US illegally at the time, prosecutors said.

Gomez was arrested in Miami after being deported from Mexico, where he had been working illegally, according to Scarpino, who described his capture as an elaborate global effort.

Gomez is next due in court on December 7. There was no history domestic issues on the property, police said.

Eugene Colley made his fortune with more than 100 McDonald's restaurants.

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