The Houston authorities reported that the skeletal remains of a woman reported missing in 2015 have been found by a couple who recently bought her house. According to the coroner’s office, the woman passed away after getting stuck in the narrow space between the walls. IDing the body was difficult, since the woman led a secluded life, being seen only in the company of her cats.
Skeletal Remains Indicate No Trauma or Foul Play
Harris County Coroner’s report reveals that the skeletal remains found by the couple who purchased the Houston home probably belong to 61-year-old Mary Stewart Cerrutti, the home’s former owner. The investigation revealed that the woman led a secluded life, using wallpaper to cover her windows and preferring the company of cats to that of humans.
Identifying Cerrutti’s remains proved to be a difficult task, as the woman had no children, and no living relatives, save for some distant cousins. The woman was last seen alive in February 2013, where a camera caught her talking during the Houston Planning Commission. Although the woman voiced her opinion regarding the housing development, which she was opposed to, the tape reveals little less.
The police began investigating her disappearance in 2015 after a group of concerned neighbors saw that the mail was piling in front of her home and that one window was broken.
As for the unfortunate couple who made the grim discovery, the authorities noted that the new tenants realized something might be amiss when they started to discover human remains in the house. At first, it was but some decaying hand bones, but after inspecting the space between the walls, the couple discovered the whole human remains.
The authorities recovered a skull, rotting bones, clothing, and personal items belonging to the victim. As to the death of Cerrutti, the deputies hypothesized that she might have been in the attic looking for something when a board came loose, and the victim fell, getting stuck in the narrow space between the walls.
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