TREMONT - Police say they are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest connected to the stabbing death of an elderly woman yesterday afternoon.

Authorities say relatives found 70-year-old Ethal Parish with multiple stab wounds to her back inside an apartment at the Murphy Houses on Crotona Avenue.

A 40-year resident of the Murphy Houses, Parish was an active member of the safety patrol for the building's tenant association.

Neighbors say she was also instrumental in improving the quality of life in the building, making sure it was a likeable and livable place for everyone.