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mrr50
09-01-2010, 06:15 PM
Santa has a lot to answer for

Gazpacho
09-01-2010, 06:22 PM
Like many of you, I'm not convinced this wasn't a murder. Waiting for the autopsy.

Beefcake
09-01-2010, 06:26 PM
CNN's version gives a clearer chain-of-events. Says bf just stayed that night elsewhere, apparently came back to the hosue the next day, then - AFTER first reporting her missing/reporting the incident - left for Europe.

I think it's reasonable that the boyfriend wouldn't have known that she was in the chimney. (The authories apparently didn't think to look there, either.) I mean, "who" would think to look in the chimney? Even if a ladder was seen at the side of the house, one would think she had tried to get into a window, then given up and left.


Kotarac was last seen Wednesday night at about 10:15 p.m., "trying to force her way inside (the home) as she was involved in a dating relationship with the resident," police said. "The resident left the house undetected to avoid a confrontation and stayed the night elsewhere."

Authorities did not identify the boyfriend or say why Kotarac was attempting to get inside his home.

Kotarac did not arrive for work on Thursday, and her assistant and the boyfriend searched for her at his home. Her car and belongings were there, but there was no indication she had gotten inside, police said. The boyfriend and her medical staff reported her missing.

"Her purse was there, with her phone, all her money, all her credit cards, all that stuff," neighbor Terri Terrazas told CNN affiliate KBAK-TV.

Thursday night, the boyfriend stayed at the home before leaving for Europe, police told KBAK

Rex
09-01-2010, 06:32 PM
She sounded so intelligent and compassionate; when did she 'buy the crazy'?

JerseySlore
09-01-2010, 06:35 PM
This is just so sad. This is yet another case that proves intelligence and sanity doen't go hand in hand.

overedge
09-01-2010, 06:37 PM
This is just so sad. This is yet another case that proves intelligence and sanity doen't go hand in hand.

Like the BF-obsessed astronaut.....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Nowak

JerseySlore
09-01-2010, 06:44 PM
Eek.
That she carried diapers with her cracks me up. Where did she think she was, the space?:lol:

skatingfan5
09-01-2010, 06:47 PM
Eek.
That she carried diapers with her cracks me up. Where did she think she was, the space?:lol:That was so she could drive non-stop w/out taking time for any bathroom breaks. (Although I assume she had to stop to refuel the car.)

Gazpacho
09-01-2010, 07:00 PM
She sounded so intelligent and compassionate; when did she 'buy the crazy'?I wonder if she's had an onset of severe psychotic mental illness. Sometimes those illnesses don't show up until later in life.

DickButtonFan
09-01-2010, 07:19 PM
Why would someone go in a chimney? You'd have to be reallllllllllly messed up to do that. Sounds suspicious to me too.

skatingfan5
09-01-2010, 07:30 PM
Why would someone go in a chimney? You'd have to be reallllllllllly messed up to do that. Sounds suspicious to me too.The more detailed timeline of events up thread sheds more light on the ex's behavior and if accurate, the doctor likely was dead shortly after she became wedged in the chimney. But if she was trying to break in, why the heck didn't she try smashing out a window rather than going down the chimney? She really must not have been in her right mind at all. :(

skatemommy
09-01-2010, 08:13 PM
His actions seem a bit odd...wonder if he knew she was stuck and then left for Europe?

Anita18
09-01-2010, 09:27 PM
Well it could potentially be that he killed her and shoved her down the chimney, trying to make it look like stalking gone bad. Just playing devil's advocate.
That's super-easy to deduce from an autopsy. If she suffocated in there, there would be soot in her lungs. If her lungs were crushed, it would show numerous broken ribs. Bullet holes, head trauma (with no soot), or strangulation marks would obviously show if the bf killed her beforehand.

So let's wait until the autopsy results come in before we start ripping apart the bf's side of the story. :P

Prancer
09-01-2010, 10:56 PM
The fact that she went to his house to break in with a shovel is weird to me. Was she trying to dig her way in? If I were going to try to break in someone's door and I didn't know how to pick the lock, I'd be more inclined to attack it with a screwdriver than a shovel--which would make all kinds of noise and attract attention.

Verrrrrrrrrrrrrry strange.

skatingfan5
09-01-2010, 11:21 PM
The fact that she went to his house to break in with a shovel is weird to me. Was she trying to dig her way in? If I were going to try to break in someone's door and I didn't know how to pick the lock, I'd be more inclined to attack it with a screwdriver than a shovel--which would make all kinds of noise and attract attention.

Verrrrrrrrrrrrrry strange.I didn't think that she was trying to sneak in, but if she finally chose the chimney, perhaps she was. What I imagined when I first read the story was that her ex wouldn't let her in (maybe she was pounding on the door?) and she picked up and used a shovel that was there (near a back door?) to try and break the door down. Since her ex left "to avoid a confrontation" he definitely was aware that she was there, so avoiding making a lot of noise didn't seem to matter much to her. I really don't know, but it sounds like she was in a very irrational state to have tried using the chimney for access.

BTW, the story linked in the original post has been updated with info from the coroner that she died because she wasn't able to expand her lungs enough to breath when she was stuck in the chimney.