UTICA — The man suspected of killing an elderly Utica woman Sunday remained in custody at a local hospital Monday as the search continued for another woman — his grandmother — who was missing from the same residence, Utica police said.

Police became aware of the homicide around 8 p.m. Sunday after police and firefighters responded to a car crash on Bleecker Street, said Sgt. Michael Curley of the Utica Police Department.

The driver, who police were not identifying as of Monday evening, crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole. When police tried to handcuff the man, he made comments that led the police to believe some people in the city were in danger, Curley said.

Investigators later responded to 1147 Tilden Ave. in Utica after learning the man lived there with his 90-year-old grandmother Katerine Aubain.

Upon entering the home, police found the body of an elderly woman that had been mutilated, Curley said. The death was initially deemed suspicious, but it was later declared a homicide following further investigation, he said.

During the investigation, Curley said, police learned of "significant forensic evidence" found at Albany Street and Pond Lane that helped them identify the homicide victim as someone other than Aubain. Police had not released the woman's name as of Monday, however.

Aubain, meanwhile, is missing, police said. Investigators are seeking help from the public in the search.

"We've publicly disseminated her photograph both to the media outlets and on our Facebook, if everyone would look and view that photo and if you happen to see her in the community, obviously immediately notify the Utica Police Department,” Curley said.

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Officials said they do not believe there is any danger to the general public as the homicide is considered an isolated incident.

The man in custody is in a medically induced coma due to injuries, and is not in a medical state where he can be interviewed by police at this time, Curley said.

“We have the individual who we believe has committed these acts in custody,” Curley said. “Pending his physical health at the hospital, we expect charges to be filed in this case.”

Anyone who has information about the case or who knows the whereabouts of Aubain, is asked to contact the Utica Police Department at 315-223-3510. All calls may be kept confidential.