Investigators are questioning relatives and current and ex-employees of Westchester socialite Lois Colley to see if anyone had a beef with her that might have led to her murder, sources said Wednesday.
“They’re going through a list of people who worked for her, who recently worked for her, looking for anyone who got fired. They’re getting a list of relatives to see if anyone had a problem with her,” a law enforcement source told The Post.
Sources said they believe Colley, 83, was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher after she surprised an intruder in the laundry room at her 300-acre Windswept Farm at 258 Titicus Road in leafy North Salem on Monday afternoon.
There were no signs of forced entry and no surveillance video, and the only thing missing from the $25 million estate was the small household fire extinguisher — leading cops to believe it could have been an inside job, sources said.
“One theory is that it’s someone she knew and she surprised the person. Someone who knew the area,” the source said.
Colley was found dead at about 5:20 p.m. by an unidentified caretaker who called her husband, Eugene Colley, 88, sources said.
Eugene — the multimillionaire owner of about 100 McDonald’s franchises — then called 911, but his wife was already dead from what the medical examiner ruled was blunt-force head trauma.
Cops have said neither Eugene nor the caretaker is a suspect.
The family has not commented, but on Wednesday morning, Eugene drove his Mercedes down his long driveway to the street to shoo away a news cameraman.
Detectives are also looking at a string of burglaries about two miles away in Ridgefield, Conn., for a possible connection.
Four residential burglaries and a car break-in have been reported in Ridgefield since Oct. 31, cops there said.
Three of the Ridgefield break-ins took place on Mamanasco Road, just two miles from North Salem.
Sources said cops have no evidence that the cases are linked to Lois Colley’s death but are covering all the bases.
The Colleys’ polo-playing son, Bruce, 62, broke up Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s marriage to Kerry Kennedy-Cuomo, engaging in an affair with her in 2003.
Cuomo and Bruce’s wife, Ann, who both suspected their spouses were cheating, shared their concerns with each other.
Cuomo and Ann Colley later confronted their cheating spouses on the same day.
Both couples later divorced, with Bruce remarrying and Cuomo hooking up with TV food personality Sandra Lee.