American teacher, Patrician Ann Anton, found dead after a suspected robbery at her home in the Dominican Republic, may have known her killer[s]
Anton, 63, a US citizen working as a teacher in Dominican Republic was found dead in home in Cabarete, the victim of as home invasion
She was bound, gagged, and there is evidence she was tortured, police said
Officers said while her cell phone, laptop and 40-inch plasma TV had been stolen, there was no sign of forced entry
Anton was born in Italy and spent time travelling with her family as a girl and young woman before settling in Michigan where she raised a family, according to the school’s website.
She has at least adult two children, who now live in Michigan and Illinois.
Her brother-in-law Thomas Anton, in his tribute wrote said: ‘Patty Anton was one of the most caring people you could ever meet. She dedicated her life to helping children. Her death is a tragedy.
‘I have resolved to use her memory as an inspiration to be of greater service to those around me. She was kind to everyone, always, without exception.’
She gained a degree from Central Michigan University before qualifying as a teacher for age groups 6-12 at the American Montessori Society.
The school promotes a teaching method that is led by the children and run at their own pace, with teachers acting as guides and assessors, according to its website.
Her body was found in her apartment Tuesday in the town of Cabarete, in the north of the Dominican Republic, on Tuesday.
It is based on the teaching methods used by an Italian teacher, Maria Montessori.
While in the United States, Anton had served as a legislative aide at the Michigan State Capital, before leaving for Guatemala where she worked as a volunteer.
Her volunteer work eventually brought her to the Dominican Republic, where she became a teacher. She had been living in the country for 15 years.
Investigators are working to identify suspects and no arrests have been reported.