Doctor’s Decomposed Body Found Inside Boyfriend’s Chimney

09/02/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Bakersfield, CA—A California doctor was found dead inside her boyfriend’s chimney after apparently trying to get inside his house. The decomposed body was found on Saturday, August 28, 2010, several days after she was reported missing, as reported by CNN.

Internist Jacquelyn Kortarac, 49, was last scene on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at around 10:15 p.m., when she was allegedly “trying to force her way inside (the home) as she was involved in a dating relationships with the resident,” according to police. “The resident left the house undetected to avoid a confrontation and stayed the night elsewhere.”

When Kortarac did show up to work on Thursday, the boyfriend and Kortarac’s assistant went to the boyfriend’s home to look for her, suspecting that she still might be there. They found her purse, her car and all her belongings. But, there was no sign that she had got inside. Kortarac’s boyfriend and assistant reported her missing.

That night the boyfriend stayed the night in his house, unknown to him that his girlfriend was lodged inside his chimney. The next day he left for Europe.

The boyfriend’s neighbor Terri Terrazas said, “Friday night, we could smell something… and someone down the street said they thought they heard someone yelling quietly for help.”

While the boyfriend was in Europe, one of his friends stopped by the house to feed his fish and found Kortarac. “The house sitter detected a strong odor coming from the fireplace, and upon inspection located the deceased woman lodged in the flue approximately approximately two feet above the top of the fireplace interior opening,” police reported.

It took crews about five hours to dismantle the chimney and flue from the outside of the home, so that they could remove Kortarac’s body. Police officials say there is no evidence of foul play and that the evidence “indicated Kortarac accessed the roof via a ladder and on her own volition removed the chimney cap and slid down the flue feet first.”

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