Has the mystery of Mary Cerruti’s disappearance been solved?

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Mary Cerruti

Skeletal remains found in attic walls may belong to woman missing since 2015

UPDATE 1/24/18 –  The remains of Mary Cerruti have been positively identified.  Forensic scientists used circumstantial evidence to officially identity  her as DNA did not identify her.  DNA samples obtained from her cousins came back inconclusive as they were to removed from the family.  Mary had no siblings or parents to compare DNA with.

Missing Person Texas Mary Cerruti

Mary Cerruti lived alone in her house on Allston Street in the Heights area of Houston and kept to herself, but she was seen once at a city meeting where she protested the new apartment complex that was to surround her home on one side in 2012, but little after that.  Then one day a neighbor noticed she didn’t see her anymore.  Time went by and Mary’s home was foreclosed on after her mortgage wasn’t paid in 2014, after the last payments was received then.  One media report says a missing person’s report was filed in September 2015, another said it was never filed because the police required a relative to report her missing.

What happened to Mary was asked but no one seemed to really delved into what happened to her except for one neighbor that hired a private investigator.  What they found was a lot of dead cats in her home, but no Mary, reports the Independent Journal Review.  Her ex husband that lives in Brooklyn had no idea where she went.   Then in 2017, the new owners of the home noticed a loose board while storing things in the attic.  They pried it up and looked inside to see the skeletal remains, reports the Daily Mail.  Along with the bones were found a pair of red glasses, like Mary would wear and a patch of material.  It is strange to me that there was not more clothing.

It’s only speculation how the remains got there.  At this point no one knows for sure if it is Mary’s remains until DNA is done, but it is likely it is her’s.  How she ended up where she did is anyone’s guess.  Some thought she may have been looking for one of her cats and accidentally fell through the attic flooring.  She either perished from the fall or became stuck and was not able to get out.  There are also theories that she was murdered and her body hidden there.  We’ll have to wait for the medical examiner to sort it all out.

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