Ex-employee cuffed in death of Westchester socialite Lois Colley

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the 2015 bludgeoning death of Lois Colley, the Westchester County socialite with ties to the Kennedy clan.

The suspect, Esdras Marroquin Gomez, 32, was a part-time worker on Colley's sprawling horse farm in North Salem, a spokeswoman with the Westchester Country District Attorney told the Daily News.

Marroquin Gomez was arraigned early Monday in Westchester County Court on a charge of second-degree murder, spokeswoman Deidra Thomas said.

Colley, 83, was found lifeless on the floor of a laundry room inside her $25 million hilltop estate by a caretaker on Nov. 9, 2015, police said at the time.

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Two men who had been living and working on the 300-acre farm were arrested two months later on suspicion of stealing $30,000 worth of hay from Colley and her husband over several years, investigators said.

Angel Parra Penafiel and Hugo Ramirez-Morales were charged with felony grand larceny.

Colley's murder shocked and mystified fellow residents of her highly affluent community.

There were no signs of forced entry at her vast estate — known as Windswept Farm — and no items reported missing.

The matriarch, whose polo-playing son Bruce Colley had an affair with Kerry Kennedy Cuomo before her 2005 divorce from future New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, died from blunt force trauma.

Investigators quickly ruled out Colley's multimillionaire husband, Eugene Colley, 88, as a suspect, saying there was no history of domestic violence at the address.

Eugene Colley made his fortune with more than 100 McDonald's restaurants.

Lois Colley was known in her upscale community as a dedicated mother and avid outdoors enthusiast.


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