Lover suffocates in chimney trying to break into house

Dr Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, first tried to get into the house with a shovel, then climbed a ladder to the roof last Wednesday night, removed the chimney cap and slid feet first down according to police in Bakersfield, California, USA.
While she was trying to break in, the man she was pursuing escaped unnoticed from another exit “to avoid a confrontation,” authorities said.

Bakersfield police Sgt Mary DeGeare said the two were in an “on-again, off-again” relationship.
The man’s identity was not disclosed by police, but the man who resides in the home is William Moodie, 58.
“She made an unbelievable error in judgment and nobody understands why, and unfortunately she’s passed away,” Mr Moodie said. “She had her issues — she had her demons — but I never lost my respect for her.”
Dr Kotarac apparently died in the chimney, but her body was not discovered until a house-sitter noticed a stench and fluids coming from the fireplace three days later, according to a police statement. The house-sitter and her son investigated with a flashlight and found Dr Kotarac dead, wedged about two feet above the top of the interior fireplace opening.
Firefighters spent five hours late Saturday dismantling the chimney and flue from outside the home to extract Kotarac’s body, Sgt DeGeare said.
Officials said Dr Kotarac’s office staff reported her missing two days prior when she failed to arrive for work. Her car and belongings remained near the man’s house.
A cause of death has not been determined, and an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. Foul play is not suspected, though investigators have been looking into the incident as suspicious.


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    Ammara said,

    oh….gosh thats terrible :\

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