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State police seek information in Pike Township homicide

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 05 2014 04:33:23 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 05 2014 06:19:33 PM CST

It's been seven weeks since a violent homicide in Berks County, and investigators will not say if they're close to solving the case.

PIKE TWP., Pa. -

It's been seven weeks since a violent homicide in Berks County, and investigators will not say if they're close to solving the case.

State Police have remained tight-lipped about the investigation, but now residents who live near the crime scene are demanding answers.

"I'd like to know who did it, how it happened and why it happened," said Dale Mast, who lives a few houses down from the homicide.

Fear and frustration are mounting in Pike Township. Residents are demanding information after their neighbor was shot and killed outside her own home, and the killer is still on the streets.

"Everybody is really concerned of what really went on," said Claire Mast. "Is there somebody else out there, or what's going on?"

"It's really scary knowing something happened like that so close and the way it did," said Christa Readinger, who owns Christa's Country Creations about three miles from the crime scene.

Louisa Krenzel's violent death has been ruled a homicide.

Her body was found face-up in her driveway in the 500 block of Long Lane the night of Jan. 22.

Court documents stated she was shot multiple times.

"If it was a personal thing that's different, but if it's someone just going around shooting someone we'd like to know because you're afraid to go outside sometimes," said Claire Mast.

Krenzel, 48, lived in the home alone with her son, but her body was found by her estranged husband, Jules Krenzel.

He was questioned by police, but is not considered a suspect, according to investigators.

State Police would not comment where they are in the investigation or if they have a person of interest, but they're calling on the public for more information.

"It could be something really tiny in a case like this that breaks the case open," said Tpr. David Beohm, Pa. State Police.

Meantime, residents on Long Lane and the surrounding area are on edge fearing something else could happen.

"We have to be scared of it," said Mast.

State Police said they've been working this case everyday, and they're hoping the public's tips will help them solve it sooner rather than later.

If you know anything that can help police make an arrest in this case call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913.