Arrest made in murder of former Norwich resident

BRADENTON, FL – According to reports, Helen Van Orden, 79, a former Norwich resident, was killed in her home on the morning of Friday, May 2 at her current residence in Burgundy Condominiums on 46 Ave Terrace West, Bradenton, Fl.



Van Orden had lived in Norwich and Towanda, Pa. before relocating to Manatee County with her now-late husband, William. She worked as a part-time housekeeper during the day and her son, Charles Van Orden, would check on her in the evenings.

According to Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow, she was very well liked in the community and very active.

Bristow explained that Charles Van Orden had spoken to her on the phone on Thursday, but was not able to reach her on Friday. Concerned, he went to her home that evening.

“He (Van Orden) went to check on her and found her deceased,” said Bristow.


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