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Updated 06/15/10 2:24 p.m.
According to Brookfield police, the Cook County medical examiner has ruled Marilyn E. Fay’s death a homicide. The medical examiner did not release a cause of death; in addition to stab wounds, Fay’s body suffered other undisclosed trauma.   

The Cook County state’s attorney is expected back in Brookfield this afternoon, charges could be filed later tonight.

First Reported 06/15/10 10:40 a.m.
police are questioning two suspects they believe may be involved in the stabbing death of a 65-year-old Brookfield woman.

Marilyn E. Fay, a retired teacher and part-time Brookfield Public Library employee, was found dead in a bedroom of her home at

3322 Arthur Ave.
by Brookfield police on Monday afternoon, said Deputy Police Chief Jeff Leh. She had been stabbed multiple times.

Leh said police went to the house after “becoming concerned about her well being.”  Leh declined to say how
Brookfield police obtained information that there might be cause for concern.

Fay’s Jeep was missing, Leh said, and other items, including her cell phone, were also missing.
Chicago police located the Jeep in the 5300 block of South Nottingham, a short distance from the Pink Palace Motel,

7050 Archer Ave.
, where Chicago police and officers from the suburban Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) arrested the two suspects.

The suspects are described as a 30-year-old
Brookfield man and a 23-year-old Arlington Heights woman. The woman also has ties to Brookfield, Leh said.

Leh said the two suspects knew Fay “fairly well,” but weren’t related.

“In terms of a motive, I can’t speculate on that,” Leh said.

Fay’s next-door neighbor, Toni Adame, said that Fay “was a really nice lady,” one who recently helped nurse a couple of raccoons back to health. However, Adame said that Fay “had some guy staying with her” off and on during the nine months she’s lived next door.

The man, who Adame described as in his late twenties, lived in an attic room in the white, two-story frame house and “helped her keep the grounds up.”

Another neighbor, who did not identify himself, said he often saw a man and woman at Fay’s home. He thought they were Fay’s daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend, but said he didn’t know Fay well enough to know.

Other published reports suggested that Fay met the man, who was reportedly homeless, at the library and took him in.

On the day Fay was discovered by police, Adame said she was awakened at
by a loud slamming sound, like someone pounding on a car hood.

“It woke me up and my dog started barking,” Adame said. She didn’t call police, but found it “odd it happened on the same day” Fay was found dead.

The Brookfield Public Library is closed today as a result of Fay’s death. Library Director Kimberly Litland said a grief counselor was available for employees, who gathered for a staff meeting this morning.

Litland said that Fay had worked as a part-time reference librarian for more than 10 years and was a member of the library’s Green Team.

“She was a fantastic librarian who did wonderful work for us,” Litland said. “She was very enthusiastic and loved working here.”

The Cook County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on this morning. Results will not available until after
, according to a spokseswoman.