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California Doctor In Bakersfield Gets Stuck in the Chimney and Died–Was Said to be Breaking In To Boyfriends Home

Posted Sep 01 2010 1:13pm

This is a strange one and I’m sure the news will pick up more on this as it develops.  The story is strange in the fact that the boyfriend left and house and escaped while the break in was happening, but did he not return?  image

A house sitter discovered her body in the chimney a couple days later.  An autopsy will be conducted and investigators say it sounds suspicious.  BD

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A doctor involved in an "on-again, off-again" relationship apparently tried to force her way into her boyfriend's home by sliding down the chimney, police said Tuesday. Her decomposing body was found there three days later.

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 the flue, Bakersfield police Sgt. Mary DeGeare said.

DeGeare said the two were in an "on-again, off-again" relationship.

The man's identity was not revealed by police, but the man who resides in the home is William Moodie, 58.

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 Saturday, according to a police statement. The house-sitter and her son investigated with a flashlight and found Kotarac dead, wedged about two feet above the top of the interior fireplace opening.

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