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Police investigate untimely death of Doc Hurley's daughter

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Friends and family said Muriel Hurley took her own life. (WFSB photo) Friends and family said Muriel Hurley took her own life. (WFSB photo)
A large police presence Sunday was outside of the residence that once belonged to 'Doc' Hurley. (WFSB photo) A large police presence Sunday was outside of the residence that once belonged to 'Doc' Hurley. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The daughter of the late Walter "Doc" Hurley, Muriel Hurley, was found dead in the residence that once belonged to her father in Hartford this weekend. 

Doc Hurley was the founder of a charity that helped make college more affordable for a generation of Hartford kids.

Family members have confirmed to Eyewitness News that Muriel Hurley took her own life. She found herself under investigation after money from her father's charity wasn't accounted for.

Police called the incident an "untimely death" on Sunday evening. According to police, Muriel Hurley's body was found inside 289 Ridgefield St. about 5:30 p.m.

An autopsy was conducted on Muriel Hurley's body, however, the results were "inconclusive." The medical examiner has not determined the cause of death for Muriel Hurley and the investigation is "pending further studies."

"It's premature to speculate on the cause," said Hartford police Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley in a statement Monday.

There "were no signs of trauma" on Muriel Hurley's body, police said.

Neighbors were shocked to see officers.

"We saw the sirens and then I asked before and was the second one to find out what happened. I'm very sad at this situation," said Cassandra Davidson, a neighbor.

Doc Hurley died last month at the age of 91.

"Doc helped to send over 500 people to college who probably could not have had the opportunity to," said State Rep. Doug McCrory, D-7th, who was a friend of Doc Hurley.

Before his death, Doc Hurley was living with Muriel Hurley, who was the center of an investigation since December.

About $600,000 was missing from her father's Hartford scholarship fund.

"Our community is in mourning. The family is in mourning," McCrory said.

The attorney general's office says she spent $200,000 on personal items such as hair salons, dog daycare and clothing. The attorney general's office could not comment on the investigation, but released a statement on Monday. 

"This is a tragic situation for the Hurley family and their friends and community. We express our sincere condolences," the attorney general's office said.

Court documents were found that show the home Muriel Hurley was living in was in foreclosure. Just last week, a sale date for the property was set for this summer. 

"They were good people. Muriel was a very good person. Through everything she was going through, I'm sure she was saved and a minister so I'm sure she had her stuff together with the Lord," Davidson said.

Another scholarship has been created in Doc Hurley's name with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Eyewitness News has learned the new scholarship will be independent of Doc Hurley's old foundation.

Doc Hurley was a Weaver graduate and an assistant principal there.

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