Woman, 26, admits killing elderly roommate, 92, who welcomed her into her home

A woman has been accused of killing her elderly roommate who had welcomed her into her home before calling the police to report herself.

Julia Birch has been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of renowned sculptor Nancy Ann Frankel, 92, in Montgomery County in the US state of Maryland.

Police were called to the home at around 8.20am on Thursday about reports of a dead body.

When officers arrived Birch, 26, allegedly confessed to killing her elderly roommate, MailOnline reports.

The authorities say they found Ms Frankel's body inside the home along with evidence that they said supported Birch's confession.

When she was taken into custody police said the suspect again admitted to killing Frankel and told police she had called 911 to report the death.

The cause of death is not yet clear and police said no motive has been given either.

A police spokesperson said Birch had been living with Ms Frankel since January this year and was "an acquaintance of the victim's family members".

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The elderly woman's neighbour told The Daily Beast she had mentored and taken into her home several young woen over the years.

Julia Yost claimed she always found Birch "disconnected".

She said: "I only saw that girl maybe three times, but when I saw her, see seemed, like, disconnected."

The neighbour described Ms Frankel as "very friendly and compassionate" as well as being active for her age.

"[Ms Frankel] was exposed to several women mentors while she was at Columbia University, and I think she was trying to repay that by mentoring young women,' she added.

"There were other people living there on and off."

The victim was a well-known sculptor and showcased her work at numerous exhibitions and galleries over the years and won several awards.

Studio Gallery director Kelly Bresnowitz told the Daily Beast Ms Frankel would be "missed greatly" in the art community and said they are planning a memorial "in celebration of what a wonderful person and artist Nancy was."

Birch is being held without bail and is set to appear in court on August 27.

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